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One of the best day trips from the island of Venice involves exploring other islands in the Venetian lagoon. We especially love the colorful fisherman's island of Burano, where the buildings are painted in bright colors, making it a delight for the eyes and a haven for photographers and artists. Burano is also where you can buy handmade lace and taste excellent seafood. Torcello, where Venice actually got its start, has a fascinating 7th-century cathedral with gorgeous 11th- and 12th-century mosaics; and Murano is great for seeing glassmakers handcraft exquisite chandeliers, sculptures and jewelry.
Further afield, the city of Padua is well worth a stop for its gorgeous Scrovegni Chapel, home to stunning frescoes done by Renaissance master Giotto in the early 14th century. It's just a half an hour on the train from Venice. Verona, located an hour from Venice, is known around the world as being the setting for William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. However, there's much more to the city than its literary history, including beautiful palaces, medieval churches, ancient ruins, a castle and one of the most breathtaking cityscapes in all of Italy.