Venice itself is islands in a lagoon. The islands I am going to detail refer to other key islands with some distance. They are Murano, Bruano and Torcello. Each has its own characteristics.
Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato was built in 8th century. The most striking piece of art is Vergine Orante, a splendid mosaics of Virgin Mary. The mosaics floor is beautiful. Don't miss it out.
Burano can be reached from Fondamenta Nuove or from Murano Faro stop. It is the prettiest island in the lagoon. All houses are painted in bright colours. No one next to each other has the same colour. It cheers up the residents and visitors. Burano is famous for lace.
Torcello, the furthest of the three from Venice. It is a barren and romantic place. I visited the island in 2001, was walking alone and admired the beautiful Basilica.
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