The Italian island of Burano is a true dream come true for shutterbugs like my husband. Dotted with colorful houses and famous for its handmade lace, Burano is a must-see while you are visiting Venice. I really couldn’t imagine being in Venice and not visiting Burano and Murano.
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Visiting Burano: Getting From Venice to Burano
You have a couple of options to get to Burano from Venice. The most economical way (but not the fastest) is to take the number 12 Vaporetto from the Fondament Nove platform in Venice. The ride takes about 40 minutes and will also stop at Murano.
If you prefer, you can also book a private or small group guided tour instead. There are some great Murano and Burano tours to choose from, so find one that works for you.
What to See and Do on Burano Island
The Colored Houses
Immediately upon seeing Burano, you will notice the beautifully colored houses. Each of Burano’s houses is painted a vibrant color. The families paint their houses these bright colors to designate where their house ends and their neighbors’ house begins. Since the island has always been a true fisherman’s island, legend says that the bright colors of the homes helped the fishermen to be able to see their house from the sea.
Whatever the reason, these brightly colored houses draw over a million tourists to this small island every year. Marty and I had so much fun just roaming around looking at the houses. Of course, he was looking through his lens constantly, but I’m used to that. LOL!
Burano’s Handmade Lace
Burano is also known for its beautiful handmade lace. Ladies on the island have been making lace since the 16th century, and boy can you tell. The lace produced here on the island of Burano is said to be some of the best in the world. Take time to talk to the shop owners or see one of the live demonstrations.
Marty and I watched a demonstration at La Perla, a lace shop located on the main street, Via Galuppi. It was truly a work of art to see these ladies at work stitching this gorgeous lace.
You can also visit the Lace Museum while on the island. The museum houses examples of 16th and 17th-century lace, as well as beautiful lace-trimmed gowns worn by Italian royalty.
Be sure and take time for a meal while visiting. You will notice the main street is lined with restaurants and cafes, most specializing in the local seafood. Marty and I ate at Al Gatto Nero da Ruggero, and it was amazing! (Sorry, I always forget to take pictures of the food-we always just dive in)
For dessert, be sure and try the bussola buranello cookies. These cookies are a Burano tradition and date back to the beginning of the island. The crunchy texture and the semi-sweet taste of the cookies make them the perfect companion to a cup of coffee or tea. You will find the cookies all over the island, just look in the windows of the bakeries. For the real deal, visit La Pasticceria Carmelina Palmisiano.
Take your time and enjoy visiting and discovering Burano. Marty and I were there for about 4 hours, and we felt like we had plenty of time to explore, take photos and enjoy a good meal.
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