Escape the hustle and bustle of Venice with a journey to the quiet fishing village of Burano and historic cathedral in Torcello renowned for its mosaics. After experiencing the vibrant venetian life, which plays out on 118 islands within a labyrinth of waterways, hop aboard a private motor launch. You will explore what lies beyond this sheltered lagoon with A&K’s knowledgeable guide.
Enjoy views of the famous bell tower in St Mark’s Square. Watch gondolas and vaporetto’s gliding up and down the Grand Canal as you leave these lively waters behind. Burano is the perfect contrast to the buzz of Venice. The mini archipelago of four islands feature richly painted buildings which glisten in the sun. You can wander its twisting, colourful streets and observe intricate lace-making in the traditional workshops, finishing with a drop of the local wine, made from Dorona, the rare Venetian grape.
After sampling life on Burano, re-join your motor launch and cruise towards Torcello, the first major settlement of Venice and a seat of power until the 13th century. Wind past smallholdings and tiny boats used by the island's handful of inhabitants. The island has inspired the likes of Ernest Hemmingway and Harold Pinter. All the sights are conveniently clustered around the main square. Visit the Museo di Torcello and cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, renowned for its dazzling Byzantine mosaics. Climb the bell tower for breath-taking views over the island and lagoon.
Additional notes about the tour
The experience includes your own private guide and motor launch.