A 10-minute journey across the lagoon, Murano has been home to Venice’s glassblowers since the 13th century. Workshops are open to the public, alongside two fine glass museums. The atmospheric Church of Santa Maria e Donato is one of the oldest in Venice. A 45-minute journey away, Burano is a beautiful little island famous for its colourful houses. Its peaceful near-deserted neighbour, Torcello, boasts a wonderful ancient cathedral.