From St. Mark's Square, take the vaporetto for a getaway to the north of the lagoon, and most especially to Burano, an island known for its fishermen and lacemakers. On the main square, amidst its colourful houses, a tradition that has made the reputation of Venice actually survives in one of the last schools in Italy. Needle-worked lace was invented in Burano, and this is also where the famous Venetian stitch was born.
In the 16th century, lace-makers had the idea of no longer pulling on the array of threads they embroidered, but, instead, of drawing and tracking their work on a kind of pattern. Women were the champions in the meticulous task of embroidery, while the men worked glass. Hence, the next stop, the island of Murano, which is famous for its glass-blowers. Their chandeliers illuminate all the palaces of yesterday and today. Murano-blown glass is seeing a new creative splendour, thanks to artists like Jaime Hayon, who are reviving this ancient art.
After this, take a refreshing walk in the country on Torcello. This small island is becoming more and more popular for its authentic charm.