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Elizabeth is a Vancouver-based writer, editor, and author. Her first book “Beyond Black and White” is available now. She is an old soul who's young at heart, a human jukebox, and a corgi lady in training. Follow Elizabeth on Twitter at @ElizabethThe.

Exploring the Idyllic Islands of Venice

The way to discover Venice is to go without any agenda and get completely lost. As you try to navigate your way to the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square, you will traverse across bridges and canals and spontaneously find quaint restaurants, quirky shops, holy churches, and hoards of visitors and Venetians alike. While walking is one half of the experience of exploring the floating city, the other half is to be seen on water through the only mode of transportation around the roadless island — boats, from vaporetto (ferry) to taxi acquei (water taxis), and yes, even a once-in-a-lifetime gondola ride.

Beyond Venice’s enclosed group of 118 islands are even more islands to uncover within the Venetian Lagoon, most notable among them are Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Each island has its own distinct characteristics. Murano is the closest neighbor to Venice and is famous for its delicate glassware and glass-making demonstrations. Burano is a popular and picturesque tourist draw with its colorful rainbow-painted buildings and lace creations. The green swampland of Torcello is known for its nature reserve and its ancient cathedral with Byzantine mosaics dating back to the 11th century. It takes under an hour to reach the northern island of Torcello via vaporetto, making island-hopping an easy day trip away from Venice.

Here are a selection of photographs from the Venetian islands of Venice, Murano, Burano, and Torcello.

All photographs were taken by Elizabeth Rosalyn The unless otherwise stated.

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