Venice (at least the touristy area) is really tiny compared to the rest of Italy’s famous cities which is why I wanted to explore its neighboring cities as well to make the most of my time here. There are plenty of day trips you can take from Venice, two of which are Murano and Burano. Most people do both in one day but I wanted to explore the two cities leisurely so I separated the two.
Murano is famous for its glass making hence the name “Murano glass”. Tourists usually come here to shop for murano glass and see how it’s made. A lot of the factories actually hold free demos and it’s pretty easy to find them on your own so there really is no need to join official tours. In fact, my sister and I managed to sit in in more than 3 glass blowing demos–they’re definitely more than enough to make us go ooh and ahh everytime we see a glasswork come to life.
Burano, on the other hand, is Italy’s most colorful island. The place is practically every Instagrammer’s dream come to life! Rows and rows of colorful houses–every corner is picture-perfect. But Burano isn’t just a pretty face. It’s got more to offer like its famous Burano lace–all intricately handmade by homegrown experts up to this day. Food here is amazing too!
Our third day trip was to the city of love, Verona. If you’ve read Romeo and Juliet or watched the movie Letters To Juliet, then you’re probably already familiar with this city. It’s where both the book and movie are based so you can just imagine how romantic this place is. If I had known better, I would’ve booked an overnight stay instead of a day trip only.
Our last stop was Bologna. This wasn’t a day trip though. We stayed here for a few days because Bologna is Italy’s foodie city and my sister and I are foodies sooooo…well, you know: #priorities. We basically ate our faces off, even booking a full day food tour to Modena to see how parmesan cheese (parmigiano reggiano), authentic Modena balsamic vinegar and prosciutto are made. Needless to say, we ended our Italian escapade with our hearts satisfied and our tummies full. Watch what went down below:
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