Are you planning a trip to Burano in Italy? Find out some of the most interesting things to do and to see in this beautiful island in one day.
Quick guide to Burano
Best time to visit: between May and October
How long: one day is enough to visit the whole island
Why it’s worth a visit: a short distance from Venice, Burano will capture you with its colorful houses and quaint views
How to get there: from Venice take Vaporetto No. 12 from Fondamenta Nove
Where to stay: if you choose to stay one night in Burano I recommend this hotel
A trip to Venice it’s a must if you really love traveling. But Venice isn’t the only attraction you can visit in that area. The area is dotted with hundreds of small beautiful islands each of them with his own history and characteristics.
For some reason. not all those who visit Venice, take the time for a day (or half-day) trip to Burano. Well, if you are planning to visit Venice, don’t make the same mistake!
Why should you visit Burano Island?
To put it simply: because Burano it’s a beautiful island and it’s just 45 minutes from Venice. You won’t find nearly as many tourists as in Venice and you’ll definitely fall in love with the atmosphere of this tiny island.
Things to do in Burano in one day
Maybe you have seen some pictures of Burano but you didn’t know they were actually taken there. If you have seen some pictures of brightly-painted houses of Venice, well those pictures were taken in Burano. In fact, the main reason to visit this island is to admire the beautifully colored houses of the fishermen.
Why are they so colorful? There are several explanations but one of them is that it was easier for the fishermen to recognize their homes from the sea. The colors of the houses followed a specific system. Today if someone wishes to paint their home, he must send a request to the local government, who will respond by making notice of the certain colors permitted for that lot.
A good thing about visiting Burano is that there are fewer tourists than in Venice. If you don’t like the crowds just take the Vaporetto boat to Burano.
In the main square, you can also see the Leaning Bell Tower. Eating in restaurants is generally slightly cheaper on the island than in Venice. Here you can find some good deals for the hotels in Burano on Booking.com.
The handmade lace of Burano
Burano is famous for its handmade lace. Lace is part of the tradition of Burano. Back in the 1500s, the women of Burano started stitching lace. Each woman specialized in a single stitch (there are 7 stitches in total)and each piece would have to be passed from woman to woman to finish.
That’s why one handmade lace centerpiece for a tablecloth takes so long to make.
I asked the old woman you see on the picture above how long does it take to finish a lace and she said that it depends, but it could take as long as three months.
If you want to buy one, keep in mind that most of the lace you can buy today are not hand made. If you really want to buy a hand made one be prepared to pay a lot. In Burano, you can visit the Museum and School of Lacemaking.
How to get from Venice to Burano?
Getting to Burano it’s very easy. When in Venice head to Fondamenta Nove. From Fondamenta Nove you can get the Vaporetto N° 12 that will take you to Burano after a stop in Murano. The price is 7€ for a one hour ticket.
It takes about 45 minutes to get from Venice to Burano, so you need to buy 2 tickets. I recommend you to buy a 24/hours ticket instead, that will cost you about 20€. It’s quite a lot but you can visit everything in Venice without worrying about the time.
If you are planning to spend your holidays in Venice, why don’t you visit also Burano?