Depending on how long you plan on spending in Venice, you might want to spend some time on some of the surrounding islands. The most famous island is called Murano and is known for its beautiful hand-blown glass. However, the second most famous island is called Burano. Burano is known for its brightly-painted house that line the small canals. Every house is painted a bright color which gives the island a fairytale-like quality. The colors of the houses are reflected in the canals and create unbelievably beautiful views. The island itself is about an hour boat ride from Venice. The island is small and does not have a whole lot on it. There are tourist shops and obviously people live in the colorful houses. It should only take a couple hours to walk around the tiny island in the middle of the Adriatic Sea. Plan to take pictures and maybe pick up some souvenirs or some gelato. If you only have a very limited amount of time in Venice, Burano should probably wait. It takes two hours roundtrip to get there and if the boat taxis become full it could take longer to get home.