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What you should know about Small Islands of Venice

From tiny monasteries and colorful fishing villages, to abandoned towns and picturesque mudflats, the Small Islands of Venice offer a refreshing diversion from the busy city. It's a side of Venice that’s rarely seen, giving a glimpse into life on the lagoon before the metropolis rose to preeminence. Board a boat to these scattered islands and you'll find quiet picnicking spots, see local fishermen plying their age-old trade, and sense the mystery of tumbledown churches and long-forgotten piazzas.

Hotels in Small Islands of Venice

Just like the islands on which they're found, the hotels on the Small Islands of Venice are a varied bunch. On the island of Le Vignole, close to Venice, is the Certosa Hotel. This converted farmhouse is much loved for its comfortable rooms and al fresco dining in its tranquil garden. For the cost-conscious, the Lato Azzurro B&B on the island of Sant'Erasmo offers lagoon views, freshly cooked meals, and affordable rates. The Venissa is another B&B on the Small Islands of Venice with a difference—housed in a converted barn, its wonderfully decorated rooms are nestled among its timbered eaves, looking down on a spacious stylish restaurant.

Things to see in Small Islands of Venice

There are many small islands strewn across Venice's lagoon, all sharing a quiet, unhurried way of life, but each with its own story. San Michele is well-known, being only a short ferry ride from Venice, and is home to the city's cemetery. Burano is famed for its brightly colored fishermen's houses, quality lacework, and tranquil backwater canals. Just wandering down its streets is a visual delight, but you can learn more about lacework and the island at the Museo del Merletto. Sant'Erasmo is one of the larger islands, given over to farmland and great for walks and bike rides. Just off of its coast is San Francesco del Deserto, a tiny island monastery that dates to the 13th century. Most intriguing of all, though, is Torcello, a small island best known for what's not there—inhabitants. Once a populous medieval Venetian town, today its port is silted up, its piazza overgrown with weeds, and its charming churches stand silent.

Good for romantic souls and explorers

While the metropolis of Venice is packed with drama, history, and cultural excitement, the islands surrounding it let you shift down a gear. Choose a hotel on the Small Islands of Venice and you can kick back a little—enjoying traditional foods in quaint taverns, idling the days away on sunny fishermen's quays, or wandering lanes rarely disturbed by traffic. Hopping from vaporetto (waterbus) to vaporetto, or hiring a water taxi, you can also gain a real sense of exploration. And best of all, you’re just a short boat ride from enjoying metropolitan Venice at a time and place of your own choosing.

How to get to Small Islands of Venice

Travel to the Small Islands of Venice can be done mainly by public ferry from the city's quays. For Le Vignole and Sant'Erasmo, take ferry 13 from Fondamente Nove on Venice's north side. This should take about 15 minutes for Le Vignole and half an hour for Sant'Erasmo. To get to Mazzorbo, Burano or Torcello you should instead catch the LN (Laguna Nord) ferry, also from Fondamente Nove. It cruises to Mazzorbo in 35 minutes and Burano in 45 minutes. Note that some islands, like Burano and Mazzorbo, are connected by bridges, so you can enjoy a pleasant walk between them.

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