The floating city of Venice makes for a sublime spot to explore on foot, but it’s even better by boat. Wind your way along narrow canals, under yawning bridges, and through to the sweeping lagoon where you’ll find a peppering of other magical islands to moor up at. Highlights include characterful villages, historic churches, waterfront eateries, unspoiled nature reserves, and some splendid beaches. Here we reveal some of the best destinations in the Venetian lagoon to point your compass to.
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Midway along the strip of land that forms Pellestrina Island is the village of Portosecco. Like Burano, it has a long tradition of lace-making but unlike its crowded counterpart, its craftswomen and men are largely left undisturbed by tourists. Fascinating to watch, it’s a laborious process that involves crossing and pinning threads on wooden bobbins atop a padded cushion. It’s thought that the technique might have evolved from the skill of mending fishing nets, another tradition that you might see in action during your visit.
Spiaggia di Punta Sabbioni is a beach that sits at the end of the narrow Cavallino-Treporti peninsula, close to Venice. Backed by grassy dunes and pine forest, it extends for over a mile. Wide and gently sloping, this unspoilt strip of sand is dog-friendly and popular with families. When the breeze picks up, the beach attracts kite-surfers. If you fancy something a little less active, take a peaceful stroll to the yellow lighthouse that stands guard on a breakwater at the end of the beach and from there you can watch thrillseekers in action.
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