Isola Burano, Venice
Contrary to Venice, Burano is a very quiet and relaxing island! It's more like a typical village with it's lovely vivid coloured houses all different from each other. As soon as we arrived there we fell in love with this small island or village! The village people are so friendly and they seem that they have stopped the time their by 50 years or more!!!!! The island is famous for its wonderful lace and the restaurants there, offers the tourist delicious fresh seafood. When you're passing by it's easily that you get cought by the pleasant smell of their cooking specialities of fish! mmmmmmhhhh ...I still can smell it right now!
Burano has such a colourful array of buildings. Everywhere you look the houses are brightly painted to reflect this Island's passion for life. The boats sitting along the canals are similarly painted creating a really vibrant feel to this small island.
If you have 4 hours to lose, I recommend you to visit the island Burano. This island, situated at 45 mn by boat from Venise, is really beautiful, all the houses are painted !!! It's surely a little bit full of tourists during summer but if you are a little bit curious, you'll find nice little streets very cute. If you like to take pictures, you can't miss it !!
Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello:
Excursion in the historic, artistic and popular heart of the north lagoon. An experience to be lived for an entire day, without hurry, with the mind open to discover the beauty and the signs of a long gone history of which this part of the lagoon has been witness. --- not as fancyful and artistic or posh as it's neighbouring Murano or Venice.....but a quiet beauty with quite a history that some overlook...
The island landscape of Burano, with its colors, its limpid light, its glares, the thousand boats moored and the squeri; the Lace Museum in Piazza Galuppi; the solitary landscape of Mazzorbo open on vast horizons; the beautiful Church of S. Caterina build in the XIV sec. and the public garden build in the old cemetery encircled by ancient walls; the Museum of the Estuary in Torcello and the splendid religious buildings of the island; the insular landscape made of hedges, uncultivated and small gardens besieged by the water.
This place is like a rainbow island to me. All houses are painted in vibrant colours and no 2 consecutive houses are painted in the same colour.
This is like the ideal island for some Nippon or Dulux paint advertisement.
Besides the colourful houses, there are many lace shops because this is where the famour venetian silk comes from. I couldn't locate the lace factories though i think most families make the lace themselves. there is a lace museum.. but i'm not THAT into lace.. so i'll pass with the history of lace....
With so many lace shops in my face.. how can i not buy anything.. i mean.. i don't even like lace.. and i still landed up buying a toilet roll holder?!?! Geez.. gone-case shopaholic!
With no space to spare every place imaginable is used by the crafty local. With the nice climate here it is an easy thing to hang out the washing at the front of ones house - not my idea of a nice welcome though.
Burano takes approx 45 minutes by Vaporetto to get to and is well worth the visit if you have some spare time. The Island has many very colourful houses and boats lining the Canals. In the middle of the main square where you can see the characteristic crooked bell-tower, you find the antique lace gallery "Dalla Lidia" and this is definately worth a look. Lace is the mainstay - along with tourism - of the Island and has a rich history dating back several centuries.
If you have the time during your trip to Venice, do take the ferry across to the isalnd of Burano. This gorgeous little place is only an hour from Venice and offers a real contrast to the main city. It is a small fishing village, with all the houses painted in bright colours - it reminded me a little of places I have visited in Pembrokeshire.
You can easily spend a few hours here, just wandering around the little streets and canals. There are plenty of restaurants and bars, but if you prefer to buy a snack to eat as a picnic, make sure you do so in the late morning, as many of the bakeries and little shops closed for lunch when we were there.
We just ambled around for three hours, but if you wish there is a lace museum to visit and a church in the town square. Burano is famous for its lace, and prices were often more reasonable than in the tourist areas back in Venice.
Ferries run every 30 minutes from Venice and Lido, and the journey takes about an hour. You can travel to Burano using your traghetto card if you have one.
Lovely little island of Burano. Known for their colored houses and their lace shops. Worth spending a couple hours there to enjoy its beauty and have some lunch. You can also browse the lace shops but be prepared for the strong sales pitch to buy some expensive lace. See restaurant tips for a good lunch we had.
Canals, narrow houses painted in pastel colours or decidedly contrasting with the single shades of the lagoon, interweave with fishing boats, that is what Burano makes so attractive.
First thing you notice in Burano is a harmony of colours that are splendidly featured in these peaceful townscapes.
Piazza Galuppi is the main square of Burano, an huge and very pitoresque open space where the parish church and the main administrative buildings of the place are situated. It is where the local community gathering together in occasions of festivities or other activities.
Burano is my favourite part of the Venice complex, in fact it is the only part of the town which I really love. I still remember my first visit to Burano, which was over 25 years ago, when the place was less touristic and less crowded of course. You could walk around, meet the locals everywhere and talk to them openly. Now you cannot see old fishermen around, seat and chat with them and sipping home-made wine which was usually offered by them.
Burano is not undiscovered but so many people who go to Venice do not bother with the islands. Burano is an hour away but its brilliantly coloured houses, the light, its calmess even when there are tourists is wonderful. Around every corner there is a photograph waiting to be taken. Even the touristy bit is OK. From Burano to Torcello is about 5 minutes and you can see where all this Venice thing started. Absolutely not to be missed if you have the time.
I just can't help it, all these things are so picturesque! Look at the colour of those houses! From purple to pink! Hahaha, fantastic! And there was no tourist in sight, just us and the local population. This old man was crossing the bridge when I walked along the canal, back from the little harbour.
When you get into the city centre you'll encounter lots of tourists, even off season. But when you go just outside the city centre and wander around the many little streets, it feels like you have Burano all to yourself.
It's a sight you don't see where I used to live in The Netherlands and it was like going back in time for me. Nowadays you only see big fishing boats with modern equipment. I can’t remember seeing anything even remotely resembling this picturesque scene.