When we were in Venice we couldn’t resist a visit to the lovely island of Burano and before we left we shopped around for a tour. We found many half day sight seeing tours of Burano, Murano and Torcello but felt we’d be disappointed cramming these all into 4 hours. So instead we opted for a Vaporetto ride for about half the price. Now we could explore as long as we wanted and be absorbed in the ambience of this pretty island and its small canals and alley thoroughfares.
Burano is one of the most colourful places in the world, full of square two and three story brightly painted terrace houses built along the canals and definitely has its own character.
It is about a 45 minute trip across to beautiful Burano and as soon as we arrived we are greeted by a grassed area where a sculpture caught our eye. We wander around stopping to watch the ladies create their intricate lace work. The houses are intriguing and a photographers delight, with little flower boxes on the window ledge with paint flaking away from the vivid coloured walls reflecting in the murky canals. Even the washing flapping in the breeze adds to the decor.
We found the area tranquil and calm and impeccably clean. We ventured further into Piazza Galuppi lined with numerous shops selling laceworks. Meandering around we also come across Burano’s most identifiable landmark, the island’s church, San Martino, which has an impressive leaning belltower, the Oblique Bell Tower. Burano has typical European narrow alleys, perfect to while away a few hours wandering between the many shops, cafes and restaurants and just explore at our own pace. These alleys provide access for the locals to their homes and are not really used by tourists. Along the walls of the brightly coloured houses were lines of clean white laundry drying against the contrasting walls.
It was a relaxing atmosphere at Burano, no tourist attractions, just a lifestyle. There were plenty of places with choices to eat like a local, a little Gelateria, Trattoria, Cicchetteria, Pizzeria, Ristorante, Spaghetteria and even a Michelin Ristorante, Riva Rosa with an exclusive one table rooftop view overlooking the canals. As the area is a fishing region naturally the food is predominantly seafood in the true Venetian style. San Martino and We also found Neverland, a little shop with vintage charm. We found Burano really quaint and pretty, a truly charming place to spend a sunny afternoon.
Tip: Enjoy your own unique experience at your leisure by purchasing a one-day Vaporetto ticket and have an interesting and relaxing day exploring the islands.
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