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Top Choice Church in Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta

Life choices are presented in no uncertain terms in the dazzling mosaics of this former cathedral. Look ahead to a golden afterlife amid saints and a beatific Madonna, or turn your back on her and face the wrath of …
Top Choice Venetian in Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

Venissa Osteria

A more affordable companion piece to its Michelin-starred sister, this upmarket osteria offers updates on Venetian classics such as marinated fish, duck pasta and bigoli (thick wholemeal pasta with anchovies). For a…
Top Choice Venetian in Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

Locanda Cipriani

Run by the Cipriani family since 1935, the Locanda is Harry’s Bar gone rustic, with a wood-beamed dining room opening onto a pretty country garden. But standards are standards, so staff buzz about in dapper bowties,…
Top Choice Modern Italian in Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

Acquastanca

A modern sensibility imbues both the decor and the menu at this wonderful little restaurant. A knowing array of old-fashioned Murano mirrors adorns a wall, while birds perch on artfully arranged twigs on another. Se…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

ElleElle

Nason Moretti have been making modernist magic happen in glass since the 1950s, and the third-generation glass designers are in fine form in this showroom. Everything is signed, including an exquisite range of hand-…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

Cesare Toffolo

Mind-boggling miniatures are the trademarks of this Murano glass-blower, but you’ll also find some dramatic departures: chiselled cobalt-blue vases, glossy black candlesticks that look like minarets, and drinking gl…
Church in Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

Basilica dei SS Maria e Donato

Fire-breathing is the unifying theme of Murano’s medieval church, with its astounding 12th-century gilded-glass apse mosaic of the Madonna made in Murano’s fornaci (furnaces) and the bones of a dragon hanging behind…
Island in Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

Murano

Murano has been the home of Venetian glass-making since the 13th century. Today, artisans continue to ply their trade at workshops along Fondamenta dei Vetrai. To learn about local manufacturing traditions and view …
Island in Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

Torcello

Torcello, the republic's original island settlement, was largely abandoned due to malaria and now counts only around 14 permanent residents. Its mosaic-clad Byzantine church, the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta, is …
Venetian in Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

Ristorante da Omar

Cap off a day in designer beachwear with white-linen dining at Lido di Jesolo's best restaurant. Duck and veal play supporting roles but seafood is the star of a menu that includes excellent fish soup and seasonal t…