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Ultimate Guide to Burano Italy

Ultimate Guide to Burano Italy

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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!

    Colorful houses line a canal with boats docked
    Colorful houses lining a canal with boats
    Colorful houses line a canal

    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.

    Eat!

    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.

    Cobblestone street lined with colorful buildings on both sides

    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.

    Final Thoughts On Burano, Italy

    Burano is such a beautiful island and definitely worth a visit during your time in Italy!

    Book Your Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks

    Book Your Flight:

    We love using CheapOAir, Kayak, and Kiwi to search for the best prices on flights. We love using these search engines because they search the web for airlines all over the world to ensure you get the best deal! In addition to flights, you can also find great hotel prices on Kayak and Kiwi.

    Book Your Vacation Package:

    If you want to book an entire vacation package, then we suggest using Expedia. We love how easy Expedia is to use and we always find good deals on entire vacation packages on their site.

    Another great site for vacation packages is BookVIP. BookVIP offers super cheap vacation packages to incredible destinations. You are sure to save money using their site!

    For full guided vacations including hotels, some meals, transportation, and guides, then we book with Trafalgar. Trafalgar is a trusted tour company that will meet all of your needs while ensuring that you have a great experience.

    Trip.com allows you to book flights, hotels, train tickets, rental cars, airport transfers, tours, and more all on one site. Owned by the parent company that also owns Skyscanner, this is a trusted resource for travel booking and a great “one-stop-shop.”

    Book Your Accommodations:

    We always begin our search by checking out the honest review on hotels at TripAdvisor. This allows us to narrow our search for specific properties once we are ready to book. Of course, you can also book directly on the TripAdvisor site as well!

    There are several accommodation sites that we like to use. One of our favorites is Booking.com because it gives you a wide variety of hotels and guesthouses at a good price.

    Another “go-to” hotel booking site for us is Hotels.com. We love their loyalty program that allows you to earn free nights, and their “secret prices” for members are fabulous deals!

    HotelsCombined is another cool site. They allow you to compare all of the top travel sites with one search to ensure you are finding the best deal out there. Kayak works in this way as well.

    If you are looking for a luxurious all-inclusive vacation, then consider checking out the Sandals/Beaches properties. Sandals properties are for couples only and Beaches are for families. We have visited Sandals in the past and absolutely love the attention to detail and the service they provide.

    Tour Companies We Trust:

    We love taking guided tours when visiting new places. Our go-to tour companies are Viator.com and Get Your Guide. Both of these companies have been in business for years and provide excellent customer service. You can trust booking tours from their sites for sure!

    For a guided city tour, check out City Sightseeing and BigBus Tours. These bus tours are so much fun and easy to hop on and hop off at top attractions in cities around the world.

    CityPass is a great way to save money when visiting large cities. CityPass allows you to get free admission to major attractions once you buy their pass. The savings add up quickly with this pass, often saving 50% with combined admissions.

    Another great pass to save money in larger cities is the Sightseeing Pass. This pass allows you to save valuable time and money by combining admissions to major attractions. They also have a handy app that keeps everything you need at your fingertips.

    Looking to Save Time and Money?

    Check out our resource page for all of our favorite vendors. These companies help us to save time and money on our travels!

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    Michelle Snell-Founder That Texas Couple

    About the Author

    Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures.  While she is a professional educator by day, her passion for travel has her jet-setting all over the world during her free time. 

    Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through her informative writing style on her blog, That Texas Couple.  Her practical tips and suggestions help make travel dreams a reality while immersing her readers in the history, culture, and food of a region.  She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.

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