Explore the Islands of Venice by Vaporetto

Boats of Venice
Venice’s historic and unique city center comprises more than 100 islands, meaning that the best way to get around is by boat. On the canals, you’ll see a mixture of motorboats, gondolas, and the city's unique "water buses," known as Vaporetto. There are different types of Vaporetto, and each operates a different route. They’re mostly used by locals commuting from outside of Venice into the city or travelers hopping between islands. 

Make the most out of your time in Venice by navigating the city like a local using this convenient and affordable boat service!

What to Visit:

Escape the crowds of Venice and enjoy a full-day excursion into the peace and tranquility of the Venetian Lagoon. Explore five ancient islands only accessible by boat, including the always-popular Murano and Burano. Here you’ll find the authentic local culture of Venice still vibrantly on display.

Start with a boat ride from central Venice to the monastery on San Francesco del Deserto Island. Tour the gardens with one of the friars, then zip over to Burano to explore the island's famous, brightly-colored houses, which have been the home of Venice’s legendary lace makers since the 16th century. Burano is an excellent spot to find an authentic place for lunch. 

Next, pop into the hidden vineyards of the tiny island of Mazzorbo to taste wine locals have produced since the 14th century. Then make your way to the island of Torcello, home to Venice's oldest church, where you can climb to the top of its spectacular dome. Your final stop is Murano, home of Europe’s most respected glassmakers. Artisans have been producing world-renowned "Murano glass" since the 13th century. You can peruse numerous shops selling the art or watch a glassmaker in action.

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