Burano Island is near Venice, Italy, Away from tourism.

If you have time to visit the island… No? You have to make time for it! Go for a short break to Burano Island. Discover the northern lagoon. It was one of my best decisions when I first visited Venice. It felt like an adventure. And it was. This small island is lovely.

Burano street Venice Italy

Away from Venice, Italy, apart from the tourist crowd. The island, with colorful houses, narrow canals, and little bridges, is reminiscent of a tiny Venice.

Its world-famous lace and the beautiful sights make it a must-visit. Unfortunately, one whole day is too long for this island. A 2 to 3 hours visit is probably enough if you don't combine it with lunch or dinner.

Therefore, visiting the island of Murano and Torcello is also better. Again, there are excellent tours, no hurry, to hop on and hop off the vaporetto boat and see the most famous museums...

Burano is a small island located in the Venetian Lagoon, in the northeastern part of Italy. It is known for its brightly painted houses, which make it one of the most colorful and picturesque destinations in the country.

The island is part of the municipality of Venice and has a population of around 3,000 people.

You have to choose for yourself, but there are truly unique and well-organized trips to the islands. And as I wrote before, it's an excellent alternative to escape the city and find the peace you seek. You can book these trips here:

  • Torcello is one of the top Things to do in Venice. It has the best way of doing "different" activities. Therefore I advise you to take a trip to this island. Are you wondering which other top-rated activities are there to go to Murano, Burano, and Torcello islands? Check these top activities in the Venetian Lagoon to hop on an island like Torcello. 
  • And how about taking a seat on a ship and cruising the lagoon? Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner. On the boat, a dinner with candlelight in the evening? A unique night out on the ship. €110 per person.
  • Are you staying at a campsite on the Lido di Jesolo peninsula? There are many boat tours from this point where you can hop on. Check out the boat tour possibilities for a half-day of fun and experience the city of water from another view. Reserve a unique boat tour >
Dinner on a ship - Evening out - VeniceDinner on a ship - Evening out - Venice

You see, there is a lot possible to get a unique experience even in Venice!

But do you want to do it yourself, just like me? Then read...

...How to get there without an organized tour?

To get there, take the LN route "Laguna Nord": Several boats operate on this route to reach these islands. Take line 12: From the Fondamenta Nove station. This line runs with vaporetto boats to Murano-Burano-Treporti-Punta Sabbioni. Duration is 42 mins. The LN route is wheelchair-accessible. Or take the LN route from S. Zaccaria station.

This itinerary will guide you through the northern lagoon:

Morning:

  1. Buy a Laguna Nord (LN) day ticket.
  2. Take a vaporetto to Murano to watch a glassmaking demonstration at a furnace.
  3. Walk next to Murano's Grand Canal towards the Faro (light-house) vaporetto landing place.

It's a beautiful place to enjoy a cup of coffee. Next, take a ferry to Burano. Finally, eat lunch at DA Romano Restaurant.


Northern Lagoon Route Enlarge

Afternoon:

  1. Pop over to Torcello by ferry for the mosaics in the basilica.
  2. Climb the ancient bell tower for unbeatable views of the lagoon and the mountains.
  3. Return to the water on a ferry via the south past low-lying islands and tidal flats.

The boat takes you further to Punta Sabbioni, where a stopover is feasible for a drink on the jetty. Finally, end the day with the vaporetto boat across the broad lagoon mouth via the Lido back to Piazza San Marco. Buy tickets to get on a vaporetto boat to these islands >

Which museum can you visit?  

...Burano Island's famous Lace Museum

Burano square

The islanders cherish an old legend about a faithful sailor who resisted the temptations. Because he could avoid sins, they rewarded him with a magnificent vial of magical foam for his bride.

Later this was processed into lace, a trade since the 17th century that brought worldwide fame and fortune to the isolated fisherfolk. These days there are still some museums where you can see women working on their stitches. But, nowadays, many laces are imported from China.

The Church of San Martino is worth visiting, with a leaning bell tower and a famous painting by Giambattista Tiepolo. Or visit ‘Museo Del Merletto.' This tiny Museum shows the art of lace. In the adjoining lace school, you can watch how the women work on their lace. The Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until five p.m. in the afternoon.

Restaurant on the Island

Burano is also a popular destination for seafood lovers. The island's restaurants serve a variety of fresh seafood dishes, including traditional Venetian specialties like risotto di gò and sarde in saor.

Restaurant DA Romano: Venetians have been going to this restaurant since immemorial. Venetians cross the lagoon to taste the delicacies of the Trattoria (Italian menu with only local products).

Website: daromano.it

Address: Piazza Galuppi 221. It is also a meeting place for famous artists. The fish in this restaurant is fantastic; they will prepare it for a barbecue. This kind of cooking makes the fish juicy. 

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While Burano is a beautiful and unique destination that many travelers enjoy visiting, there are a few reasons why someone may choose not to go there:

  1. Limited Activities: Burano is a small island, and while it is beautiful to walk around and admire the colorful houses and lace-making shops, there are limited activities to do. Visitors looking for a bustling nightlife or a wide variety of museums and attractions may find Burano too quiet or lacking in options.
  2. Crowds: During peak travel season, Burano can become quite crowded with tourists, which can make it difficult to fully appreciate the beauty of the island. Visitors who prefer more peaceful and secluded destinations may find the crowds overwhelming.
  3. Expense: As with many popular tourist destinations, the cost of dining, shopping, and accommodations on Burano can be higher than in other areas of Italy. Visitors traveling on a tight budget may find the prices prohibitive.
  4. Limited Accessibility: Burano is only accessible by boat, which can make getting there a bit more complicated than other destinations in Italy. Visitors who prefer to travel by car or train may find the logistics of reaching Burano too challenging.

Overall, Burano is a beautiful and unique destination that many travelers enjoy visiting, but it may not be the right fit for everyone. It's important to consider your own preferences and travel style when deciding whether or not to visit the island.

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