This leg of the journey had to be one of the most stressful trips to organise. After talking to a few people and searching on Trip Advisor, I decided that it would be worthwhile to visit the abandoned islands around Venice, which were only a short boat ride away. You can choose to go by water buses to the islands of Murano and Burano or you can book a tour with the vendors by the lagoon on the main land and they will give you an in depth tour of three abandoned islands, which takes about 4-5 hours. If you do book a tour, you must remember to always be early for departure otherwise you will be stranded on the island, as I learnt when I arrived in Burano. Seeing as it was my last night in Venice before my 10.30 p.m flight, I was none too pleased about this...
Famous for it's traditional glass blowing factories, Murano is the closest island to the city. If you book a tour, you are able to take part in a glass blowing workshop and invited to take a tour of the factory. One of the owners must have thought I was from money because he led me upstairs to their private boutique, where the starting price of a handcrafted murano glass ornament was 4000-5000 euros. I didn't have the heart to break it to him that I earned less than he did in GBP!
If you can't tell already, Burano was my favourite island to visit. After I got over the panic of missing the boat back to the main land, I was happy to submerge myself into this tiny bubble of colour clashing buildings. By law, the colours of each home is not allowed to be changed, as they traditionally represented the family that it belonged to. Besides the childishly vibrant walls, Burano is also famous for it's lace, which can be bought in abundance from tiny shops around the main square.