Photo of Burano

Visit Burano

Burano occupies one of the lagoon islands off Venice. It is often visited as a popular tour from Venice, from which it is easily reached by ferry - the seven kilometre trip takes about 40 minutes.

Explore Burano

The town is small, and consists of rows of pretty, multi-coloured houses lining the canals and streets, in a whole range of pretty pastel colours. The principal pleasure comes from simply strolling along the waterside admiring the quaint cottages and the bright colours they are painted in. The town completely covers the island.

Colourful Burano houses and trees

Burano provides an attractive contrast to the grandeur of Venice, and a calmer environment to explore, and a visit is recommended. Above all don't forget your camera!

The reason for the bright colours chosen for painting the houses is unclear: perhaps they were inspired by the colour of the boats, perhaps by town planning rules, or possibly so the town was more visible to returning fishermen, all these have been suggested as possibilities, or perhaps the original inhabitants just liked bright colours...

...but it is of little importance, they are what help make Burano such a popular attraction so the town are unlikely to change them any time soon!

The main site of historical interest on Burano is the Church of San Martino, with its tower (campanile) visible from many parts of this small island.

 
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Burano lace

In addition to its role as a fishing village, the history of the town is heavily linked with the lace industry, and there are many opportunities for a visitor to look at and buy fine lace products - including the lace museum at Museo del Morletto.

Historically the womenfolk sat at home making lace items while their husbands were off fishing, but this hardly happens today - not all of the lace now sold on the island is produced on the island (or even in the region, some is imported from the Far East), and not all is handmade, so be careful if you are paying high prices!

Canalside cottages

Other islands near Burano

Mazzorbo is officially a separate island, but is reached by footbridge from Burano and the church of Santa Caterina is the main attraction.

The island of Torcello is also often visited from Burano. Another short boat trip from Burano will take you to the calm haven of San Francesco del Deserto - the monastery on an island still run and owned by a handful of Franciscan monks.

You can find more local travel ideas in and the Venice-Veneto guide.

See also: 

Map of Burano and places to visit

 
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Burano places to visit

Fondaco-dei-Tedeschi, Venice

Fondaco-dei-Tedeschi, Venice

The Fondaco-dei-Tadeschi is a historic building in Venice with a roof terrace with views over the Grand Canal.

Fondaco-dei-Tedeschi, Venice guide
The Rialto Bridge, Venice

The Rialto Bridge, Venice

The Rialto bridge is one of the iconic sights of Venice

The Rialto Bridge, Venice guide
Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice

Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice

Saint Mark's Basilica is the stunning cathedral church of Venice which sits on Saint Mark's Square and inside houses magnificent Byzantine mosaics.

Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice guide
The Doge's Palace, Venice

The Doge's Palace, Venice

The Doge's Palace on Saint Mark's Square in Venice is a beautiful Gothic and Renaissance building with lavishly painted rooms inside.

The Doge's Palace, Venice guide
Saint Mark's Campanile, Venice

Saint Mark's Campanile, Venice

Saint Mark's Campanile is one of the iconic buildings of Saint Mark's Square and a visit to the top offers great views over Venice.

Saint Mark's Campanile, Venice guide
The National Archaeological Museum, Venice

The National Archaeological Museum, Venice

The Venice National Archaeological Museum has an interesting collection of Roman and Greek statues and many items donated by rich Venetian families.

The National Archaeological Museum, Venice guide

...or see all our recommended places to visit in Venice-Veneto

 
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