Islands of Venice | Hotel Sant'Elena
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Islands of Venice

With its strategic location in the center of Venice, the Best western Premier Hotel Sant’Elena is also a great starting point to visit the nearby islands: Murano, Burano and Torcello.


  • Torcello

As outlined in our “Brief History” section, Torcello was one of the first settlements in the lagoon and owes its name to a watchtower – or Torricella (small tower). Only very few buildings survive today; disembarking on the island after a boat ride across the lagoon and the many nuances of its scenery feels like setting foot upon the mysterious shores of some forgotten land.

The primary attractions are the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Church of Santa Fosca, which still bear witness of Venice’s glorious medieval history.


  • Burano

The island, famous for its brightly painted houses which help fishermen recognize their homes from the sea, is also known for its ancient tradition of needle lace-making, currently exported worldwide.


  • Murano

Just like the island of Burano is known for its lace, Murano is known throughout the world for its glass; watching the master Glassblowers transforming sand and fire into masterpieces is a mindboggling experience. The Museum of glass is also not to be missed.