Sightseeing Tours of Burano Mazzorbo and Wine Tasting

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Mazzorbo – Venice

Mazzorbo - Church of St Pietro and St Caterina
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The island of Mazzorbo is a little hidden gem located next to the more famous Burano. The two islands are connected by a narrow pedestrian wooden bridge called the Ponte Lungo.

Mazzorbo compared to the other islands of the area is still not touch by mass tourism. Its economy is based on agriculture, its vineyards in particular are very popular.

The city was found during the barbarian invasion and its name means literally great city; this small town was in fact once inhabited by thousands of people. When the island of Torcello was the economical center of the lagoon thanks to its proximity Mazzorbo could count onto a flourishing economy. Its importance grew until the 10th century when Venice started to grow and Torcello gradually lost importance. The island slowly became a getaway for the rich Venetians.

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The unique Santa Caterina Monastery is the perfect example of the golden age of this little gem. The original church was built in 783, the one that we can admire today is a 13th century building. The church’s bell is one of the oldest of the entire lagoon.

During the summer Santa Catarina’s churchyard hosts a country fair where it is possible to try the mouth-watering typical dishes like Luganega e Costesine (sausages and ribs) and roasted polenta, while drinking a glass of local red wine!

Burano – Venice

Burano - Houses
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Located in the Northern Venetian Lagoon Burano is an island famous for its colored houses and lace productions.

The city was founded in the 6th century by the inhabitants of Altino, they had to leave their town in order to escape the barbarian invasion. Burano was the name of one of Altino’s door. The island start to grew economically only during the 16th century when the fantastic lace works made by the local women became extremely popular around the world.

The island is divided in six sestrieri (areas): San Martino Destro, San Martino Sinistro, San Mauro, Giucecca, Terranova and the little island of Mazzorbo, which it is connected to Burano by a narrow wooden bridge.

As soon as you will arrive in Burano the unique colored houses and the green waters of the canals will take your breath away! The typical houses are usually square shaped and divided in two floors. The main characteristic is the color of the buildings: each house in fact is painted in a different bright hue! The legend says that fishermen chose to use this technique in order to be able to see the houses from the sea. In reality this was a practical way to delimit the properties. Today if a Burano’s inhabitant wants to paint his house is necessary a permit from the government!

 

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The lacemaking is still the leading craftsmanship attraction of Burano, however the city economy was also influenced by the neighboring island of Murano famous all around the world for its glass working. In Burano is easy to admire artisans that utilize the Murano glass technique.

In Burano is possible to taste mouth-watering local dishes; the most famous ones are fish dishes like the risotto de go’, made with the go’ a fish typical of this area.

Additional attractions of Burano are the Church of San Martino with the Crucifixion painted by Gian Battista Tiepolo, the Santa Barbara Chapel’s and the little Museum and School of Lacemaking.