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This was my second trip to Italy after 2008 and first to Venice. It was a short trip for 4 days. Just the day of my trip I got some rash which quickly turned out to be chicken pox. My flight was to Venice.
I arrived Venice by morning flight. My hotel was within old town square and walking distance from Rialto bridge. Today we spend our day mostly on visiting various sights in town. We visited bell tower, St . Mark Basillica and Doge’s Palace.
We also walked around small alleyways , around the canal , Rialto bridge and market, It was fine and bright day.
Day – 2 Murano, Burano, Torcello:- On second day I visited famous islands by public ferry. First destination was Murano. The Venetian island is famous for its glass factory and gorgeous churches.
Burano is an island of brightly colored fishermens’s houses and hand-tatted lace in Venices’s Northern Lagoon. Tiny Burano (pop. 5,300) is the fishing village version of Venice, a clutch of islets threaded by mini-canals and lined by eye-poppingly colored houses that lie in the far northern reaches of the Venetian Lagoon, accessible only by a half-hour vaporetto ride from Murano (itself a 10–15 minute-ride from central Venice). The name of the main profession on Burano is lace making, an antique art that can still fetch high prices in Venetian shops.
Torcello ,the first of the lagoon islands to be called home by a mainland population fleeing the Barbarian hordes that overran the Italian peninsula during the Dark Ages. This place has a population of some 20000 during 7th to 11th centuries. It was from here settlers first started moving around Rialto bridge and built Venice.
The current population in the island is only 75.
Legend of Devil’s Bridge – They say that, during the Austrian occupation of Venice (1797–1849) a local girl fell in love with a young Austrian officer, but her parents forbade them to see one another. When that didn’t take, eventually they had the poor boy killed. The distraught girl approached a witch to ask for her help, and the witch made a deal with the Devil on her behalf: Return the slain boy to life, and they would gather seven fresh new souls of children to replace his. The devil held up his end of the bargain. He appeared as scheduled one night at the foot of the bridge with the boy. The with appeared at the other end with the girl. The lovers dashed across the bridge and met in the middle to embrace… then ran away together. The Devil looked to the witch, who remained, and demanded his payment. Now on the hook for seven souls, the witch asked for another week to procure them and the Devil agreed. Luckily for area youngsters attached to their souls, the witch died before that next appointment. They say the Devil still comes to the foot of this bridge on moonless nights, waiting at the far side for his payment. Waiting for an unclaimed soul to wander over the bridge and become his.