Venice Lagoon Tour

Today was forecast to be less rainy than tomorrow, so we decided to see the other islands in the lagoon in the hopes that we won't get poured on. We started today at the tiny San Giorgio Maggiore directly across from Piazza San Marco.

This island was settled in the Roman period, but the current church was consecrated in the 800s, and today's building dates from the 1500s. The main attraction here is the view from the 200-foot-high (60-m) bell tower. You can see out to Lido and the sea, over to St. Mark's Square on the main island of Venice, and right up the Grand Canal. Spectacular view.

Mom & Dad in Venice

Mom & Dad in Venice

San Giorgio Floor

San Giorgio Floor

Venice Marina

Venice Marina

Top of the Bell Tower

Top of the Bell Tower

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco

Bless This Boat

Bless This Boat

San Giorgio Panorama

San Giorgio Panorama

We picked up the vaporetto and took it the long way around the south side of Dorsoduro. We passed by Venice's underbelly—its trash depot and industrial docks. Eventually, we came to Rialto where we got off to find a place to eat lunch.

After a great lunch—we sat among gondoliers as they ate and commiserated—we headed for the vaporetto at the north end of the island, which will take us to the outer islands in the lagoon. We decided to skip Murano, where the glass is manufactured, and, instead, we decided to see Burano, where the lace makers live.

Burano is a cheerful, little island with brightly colored houses. A little more country than central Venice, it's quaint and quiet with a smattering of cats lying around.

Abandoned Island

Abandoned Island

Burano Houses

Burano Houses

Burano Street

Burano Street

Burano Wedding

Burano Wedding

Burano Canal

Burano Canal

Leaning Tower of Burano

Leaning Tower of Burano

We took the 4:30 boat back to Venice, which takes the long way toward Lido and finally pulled into St. Marks over an hour later. We walked around a little more before grabbing some food.

Under Rialto

Under Rialto

Eclipse Cruise

Eclipse Cruise

San Marco Lunette

San Marco Lunette

It's a little wetter out tonight, so the square isn't as lively, and the music has moved inside. But, it's still a wonder to behold.

In St. Mark's Square

In St. Mark's Square

Basilica and Campanile

Basilica and Campanile

Basilica San Marco

Basilica San Marco