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Venice from the water and the islands of the Lagoon

The Grand Canal
The Grand Canal
This is the main canal of Venice, flowing through the city and dividing it in two. It is around 4 kilometres long, with a depth of 5 metres, beginning at the Piazzale Roma and flowing into the Basin of Saint Mark. As we pass down the canal we get a fine view of the elegant and prestigious palazzi which in the time of the Republic served as the homes and warehouses of the wealthy and noble merchants of Venice.
Murano, Burano and Torcello
Murano, Burano and Torcello
These are the principal islands of the North Lagoon. Murano is a miniature Venice, famous for its glassworks. We will visit one of these, and watch masters of glassworking in their factory. We go on to Burano, an island of fishermen and of brightly painted houses. Burano is also famous for its lace, using techniques inspired by the making of fishing nets. Our trip finishes at Torcello, a timeless spot hidden amongst the typical vegetation of the Lagoon, where not many more than ten people live, preserving the most ancient monument of the Lagoon, the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, Our Lady of the Assumption.
Chioggia
Chioggia
At the southern edge of the Lagoon is Chioggia, a typical small fishing village, which was at one time one of the most important harbours of the Adriatic.
It stands between the Lagoon and the sea, and has many similarities to Venice itself. We stroll amongst the alleys and the squares of this picturesque little town amongst the sounds of the local dialect that famously marked the Goldoni comedy Le Baruffe Chiozzotte (The Scuffles of Choggia).
Lido and Pellestrina by bicycle
Lido and Pellestrina by bicycle
From S. Maria Elisabetta at Lido we cycle down the Grand Avenue to the promenade, along which we will see the famous Hotel des Bains and the Hotel Excelsior, as well as the many art nouveau villas that characterise the Lido.
At Alberoni we will board the ferry to Pellestrina island, and then cycle along the sea walls (the murazzi) to the village of Pellestrina itself with its colourful fishing boats and houses. Our trip ends at the Ca' Roman Nature Reserve.
San Servolo
San Servolo
Situated in the Basin of Saint Mark, this island has a long history. Now restored by the Province of Venezia, it houses the International University, a conference centre and a museum
San Lazzaro degli Armeni
San Lazzaro degli Armeni
A tiny island of the South Lagoon, it is the mother-house of the Mechitarists, a monastic order of the Armenian Church, and one of the principal world centres of Armenian culture.
Lazaretto Nuovo
Lazaretto Nuovo
In the Central Lagoon. The island takes its name from its ancient allocation as a plague hospital for the quarantine of those suspected of being infected by plague. Deserted for some time, it has been restored by Associazione Ekos and the Archeoclub Venezia.
Vignole and S.Erasmo
Vignole and S.Erasmo
An island of the Central Lagoon that looks like a sandy hump between Lido and S. Erasmo. In ancient days this became a summer resort for the people of Altino, later for those of Venice. With S. Erasmo, Vignole is thought of as the market garden of Venice, noted for its delicious early crops.

In the north-central basin. For centuries this was, and with Vignole still is, the market garden of Venice.