Favorite thing: There are number of small islands and islets in the lagoon of Venice but not all of them are favourale for builting the settlements. Aqua alta (high water) is permanent danger in whole of lagoon and it is why alot of chanels excisting in town of Venice and its neighbouring islands where settlements have been built. The network of chanels serve to keep the level of water under the controll. Need alot of skill to live and survive in a places as Burano is.
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Italy:
State Police: 113
Forest Service: 1515
Guardia di Finanza (Customs/Financial Police): 117
Coast guard: 1530
In the center of the main square (which is called Galuppi Square. Galuppi was one of the most famous Buranollo. Baldassarre Galuppi (born in Burano 1706 - died in Venice 1785), nicknamed "the Buranello" was a composer and a theatrical author. He composed more than 100 operas (specializing in the "opera buffa"), sacred and instrumental music.
In the center of the square named after the musician there is a bust of him.
Below few words in Italian that you can use while visiting Italy.
Waiter / Waitress! - Cameriere/ Cameriera, per favore!
May I have the menu, please? - Potrei avere il menu, per favore?
Do you have a set menu / local specialities? - Avete un menu fisso/ delle specialità locali?
What do you recommend? - Cosa mi raccomanderebbe?
Do you have vegetarian dishes? - Avete dei piatti vegetariani?
bread - pane
butter - burro
cheese - formaggio
coffee - caffè
cream - panna (montata)
ice cream - gelato
lemon - limone
milk - latte
mineral water - acqua minerale
mustard - senape
pepper - pepe
salad - insalata
salt - sale
sugar - zucchero
tea - tè
yes/no - si/ no
please / thank you - per favore/ grazie
good morning - Buongiorno
good afternoon - Buon pomeriggio
good evening - Buona sera
good night - Buona notte
good-bye - Arrivederci
excuse me - mi scusi
you're welcome - prego
how long / how far - per quanto tempo/ quanto è lontano
yesterday / today / tomorrow - ieri/ oggi/ domani
day / week / month / year - giorno/ settimana/ mese / anno
left / right - sinistra/ destra
up / down - su/ giù
good / bad - buono/ cattivo
big / small - grande/ piccolo
cheap / expensive - economico/ caro
hot / cold - caldo/ freddo
open / closed - aperto / chiuso
free/ occupied - libero / occupato
early / late - presto/ tardi
Does anyone here speak English? - Qualcuno qui parla inglese?
I don't speak (much) Italian. - Non parlo l'italiano/ molto italiano.
Could you repeat that? - Per favore, potrebbe ripetere?
Could you spell it? - Per favore, potrebbe fare lo spelling?
Can you translate this for me / us? - Potrebbe tradurre questo per me/ per noi?
What does this mean? - Che cosa vuol dire?
I don't understand. - Non capisco.
How much is that? - Quanto costa?
Does this bus / train stop at ... ? - Questo autobus/treno ferma a...?
Monday - lunedì
Tuesday - martedì
Wednesday - mercoledì
Thursday - giovedì
Friday - venerdì
Saturday - sabato
Sunday - domenica
During my visit to Burano in June 2007, I managed to see some children playing outside their colourful houses. Managed to take some photos of these lovely children enjoying themselves in the summer weather.
In general, Burano has about 4000 local people who earn their living mainly by fishing, tourism and make lace as handicrafts and souvenirs.
Some of the local people of Burano love to grow flowers around their houses, and you will be able to see them when you are exploring the island. This makes a colourful scene together with the colourful houses of the locals.
Burano is an island full of colours, and it is also very clean and tidy too :)
Well, the best time to visit Burano….Christine told me to go early, before the masses are coming and overflowing the island. Now this is difficult if you want to go to Torcello and Burano on one day. Where to try and be early then ? Maybe it is better to be early in Torcello, as this island is so special with its Byzantine church and being there early makes it easier to enjoy the contemplative atmosphere there. I was on Burano from around 2 pm until 6 p.m., and the main street was full with people. But on the other hand, it was only the main street – the side streets were empty, only locals walked around there.
Difficult to recommend the best time…. But I’d still say as early as possible (boats leave already at 6 from Venezia), or very late in the day, to catch the magic late afternoon light.
I was positively surprised to see this device to transport wheelchairs over this bridge in Burano. I alsodid see a lot of them in Venezia. So it seems that Burano is prepared to host also wheelchair handicapped travellers, which is good news. This one I saw at the bridge of Fondamenta Terranova, so it would enable the people to travel also into these charming backstreets.
Vaporettos do have wheelchair service already since some years.
Burano is like a heaven that enchants the tourists, not only for the pastel colours of its houses, but even more for its charm and the unreal silince of its mornings.
Those who are able to understand Italian will be enchant for the peculiar local dialect that has the characteristics to lenghten, almost to double the consonants. It is Venetian dialect, of course, but speaking in the local way.
Favorite thing: According to the legend, the island once called Burjano became Burano when the family Buriana settled down here. Another strory tells that inhabitants of Burano came from the destroyed Buranello, small island wich is now under the water. Btw, "buranius" in latin means people.
Favorite thing: The 16th century parish church of San Martino, sunbsequently enlarged, dominates whole the island of Burano. The interiors content very significant piece of works by Palma the Younger and "Crucifixtion" by Gianbattista Tiepolo, one of his early works.
Favorite thing: Piazza Galuppi is the heart of the townlet, the huge open space where the main institutions of the place can be found nad where the local community gather together during the local festivities. As the rest of the place, the main square is very colourfull.
The colorful houses give Burano a happy feeling.
Fondest memory: When the vaporetta landed it seemed we were in another place in time. The ladies all wore dresses and children were laughing and playing in the town square oblivious of our intrusion. Life seemed to be moving at a much slower pace, a nice respite from the bustling Venice.
Favorite thing: I managed to spot this traditional water pump while walking around Burano. Seems that the locals rely on these pumps because I have also seen them on Murano and Venice as well.
Favorite thing: This was our prime reason for going to Burano and we were not disappointed. I have been told that the cheerful look of the island is quite a modern feature but even so, I love it!