If ever you are in Venice for a couple of days this place must definitely be on your to-do list! And the best part? It’s so easy to get there! Burano after all, is an island, so the easiest way to get there is by using Vaporetto number 12 from Fondamenta Nove (in Cannaregio). Every half hour it departs for Murano as well as Burano. If you are not staying in this area you can easily take another Vaporetto that is headed for Murano and transfer on the island itself to number 12 that will take you then to Burano. If you go for the second option you need to walk through Murano to get to the right stop next to the lighthouse tower otherwise you could be waiting there for quite some time. The ride takes about 45 minutes but along the way you will pass the cemetery island of San Michele, Murano, Torcello and small islands in the lagoon. Not to forget the view you get from Venice when departing.
The price for the Vaporetto is about 6,50 euro per person each way. Or you can decide on a day ticket for 18 euros if you wish to visit the other islands as well. Burano is the perfect choice for a half day visit!
Once you set foot on Burano you will feel like you are walking through a rainbow. Families used to paint their homes in bright colors to designate where their family’s quarters ended and a neighbour’s began, as well as to make their homes more visible from the sea. The only rule there is that they can’t paint their house in the same colour as the one next to it.
You will most likely end up on the main road which if you arrive in the early morning is still very calm an pleasant to explore. We took the Vaporetto at Fondamenta Nove at 8.30 in the morning. If you are visiting in the summer I would advise you to go earlier since the cold now kept a lot of tourists away in the early morning. Once the clock strikes 10 o’clock this however changes and it can get really crowded. So get the main road done first and then go and explore the little sidestreets where it actually stays calm throughout the entire day.
One of Burano’s specialities is the fabrication of lace. In the 16th century, the women of Burano started stitching lace. Did you know it can take up to a month to finish one single tablecloth? That’s because every woman specializes in one single stitch. Since there are seven different stitches in total, each piece was passed on from woman to woman to finish. Nowadays most of the lace that is being sold on the island is made by machine. But there are still some shops where you can catch a glimpse of the old traditions. La Perla, for instance, a lace shop on the main street offers this option. Women are often stationed inside, stitching away, so you can even see how it’s done.
One of the other specialities here is the delicious seafood. You will eat better on Burano than in any other place in Venice. Since Burano is a working fisherman’s island, you can get super fresh seafood here, for a fraction of the price it would cost you on the other side of the lagoon in Venice. We chose for the restaurant Riva Rosa which was absolutely amazing. As a starter we opted for a mix of all different seafood and for the main course I went a little on the daring side and went for the tagliatelle with squid and ink sauce. Needless to say it was amazing!
You can also opt for a gelato of course if you don’t feel that hungry.
So have fun exploring all of the magic Burano has to offer!
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