Established in 1516, the Venice ghetto was Europe’s first. Restrictions were abolished over 300 years ago, and the Jewish community continues to thrive there. Visit the Museo Ebraico to see inside the historic synagogues. Guided tours hourly from 10.30am-4.30pm.
Although much of Venice’s 12th-century shipyard – the Arsenale – still has industrial functions, it also contains two theatres which this month host the 56th International Festival of Contemporary Music under the title Extreme, part of the Biennale (6-13 October). Performers include French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez who is due to pick up this year’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.
Learn about Burano’s lace tradition at the Museo del Merletto; come in the morning to see the lace-makers at work.
Booking is a must at Alla Vedova, a favourite among both residents and visitors who appreciate its traditional seafood dishes, informal atmosphere and old-time décor.
Vini da Gigio is run by a brother and sister team.
They serve local fish and meatbased specialities in a smart yet rustic environment. For tasty home-cooking, seek out Dalla Marisa.
Al Portego is a typical Venetian bacaro (wine-bar) with wooden beams and a handful of tables where regulars congregate for wine and cicheti, the Venetian answer to tapas.
The rather more classy seafood restaurant Il Nuovo Galeon has marine-themed décor that includes a real boat. Try the wonderful spaghetti with clams.
Family-run Al Gatto Nero provides a warm welcome and a fine range of fresh seafood, bought from local fishermen.
Design, comfort and an easy-toreach location make Ca’ Pozzo B&B (rooms from €140) an excellent choice.
Occupying a historic wineestate, Venissa (rooms from €60) sits on the peaceful island of Mazzorba, separated from Burano by a wooden footbridge.
If crazy shoes are your thing, check out the weird and wonderful Giovanna Zanella.
Beware the cheaper lace, which is mostly imported. Visit Martina for the real deal.
A single canal with several names is the location of numerous wine-bars including Il Paradiso Perduto which frequently hosts live bands and Al Timon (Fondamenta Ormesini 2754), ideal for an early evening drink.
Run by the original owner’s grandson, Strani is a great place to mix with locals.
Enjoy a good beer while Inishark Irish pub has free Wi-Fi and shows major sports events. Closed on Mondays.