Why You Should Take a One-Day Trip to Burano

My first trip to Burano Island in Venice was completely spontaneous and unplanned. I heard a lot about colorful houses and Venetian lace so the place was on my radar for some time. I took my trip to Venice with a friend and we planned to spend only two days there before departing for Rome. That is why it was so important not to miss anything. Check this post to get why you should take a one-day trip to Burano.

After spending the first day exploring sites around St. Mark’s Square, my friend suggested taking a ride on a vaporetto to reach some of the other islands in the Venetian Lagoon. It was a great idea since I saw a lot of colorful pictures with these lovely houses and definitely wanted to experience them myself.

Burano Island is, in fact, a group of four tiny islands separated by narrow canals. Usually, canals are only a few meters wide so the entire place looks very peaceful and cozy.


Burano seaside houses


Why You Should Take a One-Day Trip to Burano


Visiting Burano gave me the all-absorbing feeling of becoming a kid once again. The colored buildings look like toys and unlike San Polo or Cannaregio, it’s pretty hard to get lost in Burano. Burano rectangular street grid doesn’t look like labyrinth so you can easily navigate around the place. However, Burano has several side streets in the northern part that allow to get lost in case you want it and enjoy old fishermen houses.


Burano lace


Burano is also known for its tradition of lace making. This tradition dates back to the early 16th century when Burano women start sewing lace. Depending on the final product, it can take up to three months to finish a lace, so that is why original handmade lace can be very expensive. While only a handful of women sew lace like their predecessors did centuries ago, a lot of lace have this “Made in China” label. Expect most of the lace found in shops to be affordable but not created by hand.


Things to See on Burano


For getting a real chance to see authentic handmade lace head to Baldassare Galuppi square. Located in the very heart of Isola di Burano you can find lace museum. While I’m not a big fan of lace history, visiting this museum can help get the difference between handmade lace from Durano and cheap, machine-made Chinese lace. You can also visit this museum for free with museum pass obtained in Venice.

Where to Find: Piazza Galuppi 187


How to Get to Burano Island


Burano isn’t the only island around here. The islands of Murano, Mazzorbo, and Torcello well worth a visit too.

The neighboring island of Mazzorbo is not popular with tourists, not only compared to Burano and Murano but even compared to Torcello. Located just a stone’s throw away from Burano, you just need to cross the footbridge connecting the two islands.


Exploring Burano


I agree that Mazzorbo doesn’t have any remarkable sites as only locals live here. But it has its own charm. With very few people around, the island provides quite the same feelings as Burano. It seems that very few tourists ever cross the footbridge near Burano A ponente to enjoy tranquility and serenity of Mazzorbo. If you visit Burano during The Carnival, Mazzorbo will come in handy as a runaway place.


Approaching Burano


The thing I really love about Venice – taking a few steps away from the main tourist routes means you reach quite empty and deserted streets and embankments. With Mazzorbo islands nearby, you can escape the crowds even in such a popular place as the island of Burano!


service boat at Burano


How to Get to Burano Island

If you (like me) travel from Venice, the best option is to take Vaporetto boat number 12 from Fondament Nove, which departs every half hour. Vaporetto will allow you to reach Burano within 45 minutes and enjoy the scenic ride. On its way to Burano, vaporetto makes one stop on Murano Island, which is a convenient hub to reach any other part of Venice.

If you eager to visit Torcello Island with its marvelous Byzantine mosaics, catch a Vaporetto boat number 9 on its short ride. Check the up-to-date prices on their site.

Burano accommodation is cheaper than Venice but far more expensive than Mestre.


Burano colorful houses


Things to See on Burano

Since Burano is pretty small, it won’t take long to explore it. My reason for visiting Burano was just to wander around and take several colorful shots. The houses are almost everywhere so there is no secret point for taking best images. As you reach Rio Assassini get your camera and start taking unique photos. Or stroll the embankments enjoying the spirit of picturesque canals.

The island is filled with artisan lace makers and shops selling intricate lace patterns. Don’t miss the San Martino Church with a bell tower – it is a great spot for pictures.

I especially enjoyed a trip to Torcello Island. The rural landscape with enchanting footbridges and Torcello Cathedral’s bell tower over it looks very impressive.


Why You Should Take a One-Day Trip to Burano


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  • Venice was exactly how I imagined it. Love getting lost in that city. I will need to take this day trip to Burano next time I am there.

    2017-12-08 at 1:39 pm
  • Ivonne Tarantino


    Wow! I have never heard of Burano before so I am thankful I stopped by your blog to read up all about it! Such a lovely little place; I love all those colourful houses. Definitely worth visiting one day!

    2017-12-08 at 3:47 pm
  • It looks so beautiful! I really love those colors! On my bucket list for a to-come trip to Italy…

    2017-12-08 at 4:26 pm
  • Sara Russell


    I love Venice, Murano and Burano. So magical!

    2017-12-08 at 4:34 pm
  • Fantastic looking colorful houses! It probably worth more than one day.

    2017-12-08 at 6:05 pm
  • the coloured houses remind me of La Boca, in Buenos Aires. Very colourful and lively. I am going to Italy next spring, and as of now I have no set plans so I think I might just settle in Venice and do this one day trip. Thanks for sharing.

    2017-12-08 at 6:27 pm
  • I’ve been here! Pretty sure haha. Some college friends and I went to Italy and Venice was one of our stops. We went to the islands and i recognize these beautiful, brightly colored buildings! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    2017-12-08 at 6:34 pm
  • Burano looks peaceful, sleepy, and quaint-a far cry from the bustle of Venice. Beautiful pictures.

    2017-12-08 at 7:22 pm
  • Great pictures, advice and descriptions! I’ve never been to Venice or Burbano before, but this island is definitely on my bucket list now. I love that you’ve highlighted a place off the touristy path.

    2017-12-08 at 10:12 pm
  • I loved visiting both Burano and Murano islands. Made for a great day trip from Venice.

    2017-12-09 at 6:45 am
  • The islands being less crowded would be a huge draw for me. Love your photos and seeing the colorful homes and sites. I appreciate the tips on how to get there and what boat to take. Thanks!

    2017-12-10 at 5:40 pm
  • I went to Venice for a day a few years ago and had no idea Burano existed! But since then, I’ve seen so many photos of it pop up around the internet; if I’m ever back in the area I’m making a point to visit!

    2017-12-11 at 1:53 pm
  • Spontaneous travels can be so rewarding! Glad you stumbled on a gem!

    2017-12-11 at 2:29 pm
  • Looks so much fun! Great one!

    2017-12-12 at 8:12 am
  • Flo


    I couldn’t agree more! Burano is such a magical isle to explore, I just wish we had more time to head over to Murano as well. I love your bright and vivid photos from your time there.

    2017-12-13 at 3:29 pm
  • What a lovely place and I absolutely love how beautifully you have described the details, even the intricate ones! Love the vibrant colors you have captured in the photos!

    2017-12-14 at 10:24 am
  • Such stellar pics! Well I am convinced. Great post.

    2017-12-14 at 7:44 pm
  • This place looks amazing and is definitely worth a visit! The colors and the buildings… they really look amazing!

    2017-12-14 at 9:13 pm
  • What a colourful venice island so pleased you shared them with us, like fellow commenters I have never heard of this place either. Beautiful

    2017-12-14 at 9:40 pm
  • Whoa! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a totally different subject
    but it has pretty much the same layout and design.
    Excellent choice of colors!

    2017-12-18 at 1:15 pm
  • I absolutely LOVE Burano and agree it’s so worth a day trip there! Thanks for sharing your experience.

    2017-12-24 at 2:45 pm
  • Burano Island looks stunning. The laces are also beautiful. I never knew about the colorful houses of the island. Thank you for bringing such a wonderful article.

    2018-01-10 at 3:33 am
  • It looks so beautiful and colorful there! I’d love to visit there someday!

    2018-01-10 at 2:28 pm
  • This looks absolutely charming! Your pictures are so good and make me want to go there and see this place. You gave me some really good ideas when visiting there. Thank you so much!!

    2018-02-14 at 4:53 pm
  • This looks so beautiful, full with amazing colours. love it! )


    2018-02-15 at 10:44 am

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