21.11.2011 - 21.11.2011
Today we took the canal bus down to the Piazza San Marco. The cathedral called Basilica Di San Marco (Saint Mark's Cathedral) on the piazza was a really impressive building on the outside. It had intricate, individual decorations all around the building. So we went inside, which was free, and inside was awe inspiring. The cathedral was magnificent altogether.
Afterwards we walked down and found a tour of the islands Murano, Torcello and Burano. Murano was an island with some workshops creating Venetian glass products. We saw a demonstration of a person creating a glass vase by glass blowing. Then he created a glass horse, which was amazing to watch.
They lead us through the shop afterwards of course. The wine glasses were impressive. The guy showing us them slammed them together and the noise was loud and impressive. They also reflected the light in a really pretty way.
The other islands were pretty good to see, but nothing as noteworthy. Saw some churches on Torchello that was the first island inhabited by the Venetians. We went to the other island Burano, which had houses with all different yet bright colours.
There was also a lacework demonstration on Burano. But watching an old lady do needlework wasn't quite impressive after seeing the glass workshop.
Afterwards we went to a great restaurant with a good meal and had a really good gelati for dessert.
Took some pictures, but the hotel doesn't have wifi and I forgot to process the ones to add to this post before writing this on the hotel terminal, so can't post any.