Excursions to visit the islands of the Venetian Lagoon can last from 4 hours - 6 hours - 8 hours.
Departures are from Punta Sabbioni, from Tronchetto or from San Marco. Other departure points on request.
It is certainly the most picturesque of the islands of the Lagoon thanks to the brightly colored houses outside of which, even today, fishermen tidy up their fishing nets and women embroider the famous laces. The group can watch the bobbin lace making with the explanation. The island, which on a smaller scale reproduces the plan of Venice, houses inside the church of San Martino, with its leaning bell tower, some paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries as well as the "Crucifixion" by G.B.Tiepolo.
It is the most famous of the islands in the upper lagoon. When in the fifth century the Huns, led by Attila, invaded Altino, its inhabitants also took refuge here; then, after the danger, they returned to the city. In 638 the bishop of Altino moved his seat to Torcello. Construction work on the cathedral, dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, began a year later but the final structure dates back to 1.008. The site is completed by the remains of the 7th century baptistery, the bell tower and the 11th century church of S. Fosca.
It is the largest of the islands in the lagoon. Founded by the fugitives of Altino, at the time of the Lombard invasions the population of Oderzo also took refuge there. The fame of the island however remains linked to the famous glass art and during the visit of the island a stop at the furnaces is a must where a master glassmaker will demonstrate the working (always explained) of both blown and modeled glass. Do not miss the glass museum and the Church of S.S. Maria e Donato a masterpiece of Venetian-Byzantine art
Francis of the Desert:
It houses, in memory of a stop by the Saint of Assisi, a small church dedicated in honor of him. Inhabited by the Franciscan friars who built a convent there which later became a barracks during the Napoleonic occupation. With the defeat of Napoleon the island returned to the Franciscans and still today the care of the same to the friars.
Known in ancient times as "Isola Dei cipressi", it was used as a vineyard and as a salt pan and was the property of the Signoria. The first church was built in 970 and twenty years later Morosini built a convent for Benedictines. You can admire the works: Baldassare Longhena, by Palladio and the large canvases by Tintoretto.
This is the name of the complex of buildings formed by the Church of the Presentation and the adjoining Convent which were built at the end of the 16th century on a Palladian design.
Area so called because it was the docking point for the rafts loaded with timber that were used to build the city. Today you can admire the long line of typical Venetian houses overlooking the Giudecca Canal.