Beautiful Burano

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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38 Responses

  1. Miguel says:

    Guys! Terrific photos, it looks so beautiful! Now I feel bad that I didn’t visit Burano when I was in Venice! Well, next time I guess! thanks for sharing those inspiring pictures.

    Keep it up!
    Miguel.

  2. Debbie says:

    I love all the colour! Burano sounds so intriguing. Thanks for the inspiration!
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    • Lyn says:

      Debbie, Burano is beautiful, colourful and less touristy than a lot of other areas. Thank you for stopping by and leaving us the comment.

  3. Valeria says:

    Burano looks like such a peaceful break from Venice’s chaos. Its sister island Murano is a little more famous (or so I believe) but Burano looks just as beautiful. I’ll make sure to visit next time I’m in Venice.
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    • Lyn says:

      We went to Burano and Murano but had a preference for Burano, not so touristy and less populated and oh so colourful. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Valeria.

  4. Tami says:

    I wish I’d had time to see Burano when we were in Venice. I love the beautiful colors–so glad you were able to go and share your gorgeous pictures!
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    • Lyn says:

      We’re so glad we got the chance to get to Burano and also happy to have shared our experience with those who have been there. Thank you for comment Tami.

  5. Gorgeous photos! Love all those colors. I’ve been to Venice but didn’t make it to Burano. I’d love to see all those colors in person!
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    • Lyn says:

      Francesca I would highly recommend next time you’re in Venice to head over to the islands, such great colours and atmosphere.

  6. How beautiful and colorful. Looks like a charming place to visit. Thanks for sharing!
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  7. Anda says:

    I’ve been in Burano and loved it a lot. It’s such a colorful little town. Great atmosphere too.
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  8. Anna says:

    I’ve been to Venice twice but never ventured in Burano (or Murano)! It looks very charming and very different from the classic Venetian architecture!
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  9. Rhonda Albom says:

    It is so colorful and beautiful. I can just kick myself for not going when we were in Venice. Thanks for sharing your photos.
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  10. What a gorgeous island. Honestly, I’ve only had time to visit the bustling city centre of Venice the last time I was there, but I’m definitely keeping this in mind for a next visit. The colored houses are great!
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  11. This is insane! Definitely, one of the world most colorful places. I would have done the same thing and take the vaporetto.
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  12. Muza-chan says:

    Great photos. Thank you for invitation.
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  13. Why can’t all cities be painted like island of Burano. It is just so beautiful
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    • Lyn says:

      I know what you mean Paula, such a beautiful and unique place. But then I think I prefer it to remain unique and not replicated elsewhere. Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard

  14. I’m just like Corinne, I’ve been to Venice several times but never Burano, not sure why! Must make amends it looks so lovely.
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  15. liz says:

    What a fabulous post and beautiful photos! Burano is the prettiest island in the lagoon and normally quieter than Murano as fewer people make the extra half hour trip. Its great to take children there too as they adore all the coloured houses and draw some great pictures afterwards!! Keep the great posts coming!

    • Lyn says:

      Thanks Liz, it really is a pretty island and we really enjoyed our time there. It’s also nice to be in a quieter place with no traffic to just enjoy being on foot and seeing the area.

  16. Corinne says:

    I have been to Venice so many times, and yet I’ve never made it to Burano….sigh. I guess there is always next time!
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    • Lyn says:

      So far we have only been to Venice once and tried to make the most of our short 2 days. Burano was definitely a highlight.

  17. letmebefree says:

    I love the colour!

  18. Fairlie says:

    Burano is such a photogenic island! So much colour. It’s well-worth the Vaporetto ride to get to it.
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  19. Connie Reed says:

    What a charming island! You had a great idea to purchase the one-day Vaporetto ticket and explore on your own since you had limited time there. Beautiful photos!
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