Board our comfortable Bora cruiser and speed along the Venetian Lagoon to two islands famous for their glass and architecture. Pass the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, San Servolo, San Lazzaro degli Armeni, Sant’Elena Gardens, the Arsenal to Murano, divided into nine inlets crossed by a wide canal. Known for its glassware shops and factories, Murano boasts a long and still-thriving tradition dating back to 1291, when glass artisans moved their kilns from the old city centre. Explore the city on foot and stop at a glass factory to watch a skilled glass blower create works of art. View the magnificent splendour of Murano’s palaces and veneto-Byzantine style churches, some with mosaics and ornamental motifs designed in the 12th century. When we reach the island of Torcello, established between the 5th and 6th centuries and the earliest centre of civilization in the Venetian lagoon, evidence of the island’s glorious past are found as it once flourished with ornate palaces and churches. The cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the 7th century. The remains of the large circular baptistery and the little church of Santa Fosca with a delightful portico and Byzantine interiors.