A trip around the islands of the Venetian Lagoon

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The Venetian Lagoon is located in the north-eastern part of Italy, between the mainland and the waters of the Adriatic Sea. Half of this area is laguna viva, or a living lagoon open to the sea. The rest, closer to the land, is laguna morta (dead), which is made up of islets and shoals. The most important islands of the Venetian Lagoon are Murano, Burano and Torcello, as well as the Lido, which is home to the famous Venice Film Festival.

The Venetian Lagoon is an unusual place, it consists of thousands of islands, shoals and sandbanks emerging during navigation . Sailing takes place along canals delineated by nature and deepened to a depth of 10 m. The banks of these canals are marked with pine piles, additionally decorated with small chapels or lanterns. The islands of the Venetian Lagoon can be visited by traveling by Vaporetto (water bus) or by water taxi.

Murano - the island of glass

Murano is a place made up of seven islands, divided by canals and connected by bridges. It is a world-famous center for the production of glass products . In 1291, by decree of the republic, all Venice glassworks were moved here.


While on the island, it is worth visiting the Glass Museum located in the Gothic Giustinian Palace, funded by the abbot Vincenz Zanetti. This place hides many art and historical exhibits.

An important monument of the island is the lighthouse , which is a cylindrical structure - made of Istrian marble. Despite its withdrawn location, it plays a very important role in guiding ships entering the port of di Lido at night.

Burano - the land of lace

Burano is located in the northern part of the Lagoon and is a group of islands. They are connected by bridges with the island of Mazzorbo. The place is famous for its picturesque and colorful houses and the craftsmanship of making lace. There you can visit the school of lace making (Scuola dei Merletti), founded in 1872.

The heart of the town is Galuppi Square , created as a result of one of the canals being filled in. Right next to the square is the church of St. Martin , known for its much sloping belfry.


Torcello and Lido - monuments and festival

Torcello is an island where human settlement has existed since the first centuries of the Roman Empire. This place is famous primarily for many architectural monuments. One of them is the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary . Its characteristic feature are windows with stone shutters. It is also worth visiting the church of St. A moat from the 12th century , built on a Greek cross plan. Next to the cathedral you can see the "Throne of Attila" - a stone seat used by the judges who ruled the island.


Lido is an 11 km long strip of land between the Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. In the northern part of the island there was a Benedictine abbey years ago, where the remains of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors . Currently, there is a Jewish cemetery available to visitors in this place.

The island is appreciated by writers and poets. In the past, they rested there, among others George Gordon Byron and Thomas Mann. The island also hosts the Venice International Film Festival , which is the oldest film event in the world. The festival was organized for the first time in 1932 thanks to Count Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata.

Cavallino - Treporti, or the comfort of rest

Cavallino - Treporti is a small town located right next to the Venetian Lagoon. In this place we will find many comfortable holiday resorts. The five-star Camping Union Lido is very well known and appreciated by guests.

The resort is often chosen by European tourists due to its convenient location close to the beach . The campsite is surrounded by greenery and is an ideal base for exploring the islands of the Venetian Lagoon.


At Camping Union Lido you will find well-equipped holiday homes with a kitchenette, bathroom, bedroom, air conditioning and a patio where you can relax with your morning coffee. There are also pitches for motorhomes and caravans in the resort, situated in the shade of trees and equipped with sanitary and electricity connections.


The campsite is a place where you can practice water sports , incl. canoeing, surfing, windsurfing. There are also swimming pools with a paddling pool for kids and sports fields where you can play football and volleyball.

At Camping Union Lido there is a sauna, gym, tennis courts, solarium, jacuzzi and mini golf for children, as well as games and sports competitions for families and groups of all ages. The little ones can spend time in the kindergarten and mini club.

There are restaurants, pizzerias and fast food outlets on the campsite, where we can taste Italian specialties, eat delicious pizza and taste Italian wine. The resort organizes excursions around the Venetian Lagoon, which can be explored by sightseeing ferry to all the sites mentioned above.

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Piotr Strugała
Piotr Strugała

Italy, Croatia, Spain ... are the countries I would like to come back to every summer. I like to discover new places, whether it is a bustling capital city or a quiet town on a mountain slope.

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