Hi Incurable Travelers,
as I have already told you we were guests of the Marina di Venezia camping in early June, considering the geographical position, surrounded by the lagoon, we took the opportunity to make a beautiful excursion by motorboat to the Venetian islands.
Excursion by motorboat to the Venetian islands: San Francesco del deserto
We boarded Punta Sabbioni in the direction of San Francesco del deserto. This small island, about four hectares, set among the best known Sant’Erasmo and Burano, is a true oasis of peace, sheltered from mass tourism, is managed by the friars who live in the beautiful monastery.
Legend has it that Francis stopped there in the spring of 1220 on his return from a trip to the East and that following the canonization of the Saint, the Venetian nobleman Jacopo Michiel, a dogal family, gave it to the Order of Friars Minor who since then they have guarded it and made it a place of prayer and meditation.
Anyone wishing to live an experience of prayer, reflection and sharing of life with the friars, has the possibility of being accommodated for a few days in the face of a free offer.
Excursion by motorboat to the Venetian islands: Torcello
Our excursion by motorboat to the Venetian islands has continued to Torcello, the northernmost island, sparsely inhabited with a very strong tourist vocation.
We have arrived a few steps from the Devil’s Bridge, which one of the many legends about this construction has been built in one night by the devil himself to win a bet, this belief was probably induced by the lack of “shoulders” , or the protection on the sides.
Continuing on the promenade we arrive at the Basilica of Santa Maria dell’Assunta, which boasts the distinction of being the oldest building in the lagoon, where you can admire the wonderful Byzantine mosaic of the 12th-13th century and the portico of the 9th century.
Theater of exciting Venetian wedding ceremonies is the church of Santa Fosca, a Greek-cross church with its portico delimited by marble columns with capitals that reflect the architectural motif of the interior, symbol of Byzantine cultural domination that Venice suffered between the ninth and twelfth centuries.
Excursion by motorboat to the Venetian islands: Burano
Leaving Torcello, the excursion by motorboat to the Venetian islands has continued towards what I consider the most beautiful and characteristic island of the lagoon, Burano.
When you arrive and leave behind you, the landing is immediately captured by the bright and colorful colors of the houses that are reflected in the water of the canals creating a wonderful open-air painting.
The heart of the island is the Piazza Baldassare Galuppi, the only and only square in the village, which was created by burying a canal. Another peculiar feature is the bell tower of the church of San Martino, characterized by the considerable slope originated by the partial collapse of its bases built on stilts, as happens in some parts of Venice.
Going beyond the main square and strolling along the banks, you reach the most spectacular point, where there are the Three Ponti, a crossing point of two canals, characterized by a wooden bridge that connects three banks, that of San Mauro , San Martino Sinistro and Via Giudecca.
This bridge is the ideal place to take photographs, you can see the essence of Burano, its colored houses of fishermen, the crooked bell tower and at sunset, when the sun drops behind the old fish market, you can see a tiny distance in the distance Venice.
To fully appreciate the visit to Burano, the ideal is to walk calmly and lose yourself in the streets and let yourself be surprised by the picturesque views and unexpected squares overlooked by narrow houses, two at most three floors high, from plasters and fixtures colored.
Excursion by motorboat to the Venetian islands: Mazzorbo
Burano left, reluctantly after a very short boat ride, we were for lunch at “Ai Cacciatori” at Mazzorbo, a small island connected to Burano by a bridge, characterized by the green landscape of the areas cultivated with fruit and vegetables (the famous “castraure”, the small violet artichokes, famous those of Sant’Erasmo, slow food presidium).
One of the curiosities that struck me about Mazzorbo is that originally this small strip of land in the middle of the Venetian lagoon, counted as many as five parish churches and six monasteries; today the only one left is Santa Caterina, the current parish church.
The only wise advice that I can give to the incurable travelers who decide to make a trip by motorboat in the Venetian islands is to do it quietly and leaving time to appreciate not only the architecture, the magic of the changing landscape but also the history, legends and liveliness of the inhabitants of these small realities.