Today you will visit two of the Venetian Lagoon’s 40 islands—Murano and Burano. In 1291, when furnaces were banned from Venice as a fire precaution, the manufacturers of exquisite glassware were transferred to Murano. Glassware was one of the few Venetian exports so the secrets of this skillful craft were tightly guarded. Glassmaking was considered a privileged occupation, and glass artisans were allowed to marry into the nobility. Today, the Murano products of blown-glass mirrors, chandeliers, goblets and intricate works of art are renowned worldwide. There’s time tovisit one of the many workshops and to shop. Burano is next—brightly painted houses decorate this small and cheerful fishing village that is best known for its lace making. Admire these beautiful works that require hours of labor, and maybe even purchase some, if you like.