Burano is an interesting island in the Venetien Lagoon famous for it’s multi-colored houses and lace-making. It is situated 7 kilometers from the center of Venice and about 40 minute journey if you take “vaporetti” – well known Venetian motorboats.
It is worth to visit this island, largely because you can’t go anywhere without finding something beautiful to photograph. Those brightly-painted houses are really something else, especially on a sunny day. Second it’s very interesting to watch Venetian women making lace by hand .
The site covers the island, with several small canals acting as thoroughfares. There are a couple of larger squares, and many little lanes and alleys.
Apart from the painted houses, most identifiable landmark is the island’s church, San Martino, which has an impressively-leaning belltower, to rival the most slanting of Venice’s campanili. Inside the church is a Cruxifixion by Tiepolo.
How to get there
The easiest way to get to Burano is to take the LN (Laguna Nord) ferry from the Fondamente Nuove stop on Venice’s northern shore. The boat is bigger than the city’s normal vaporetti, and has a few seats outside. Ferries run every half hour, and the journey time is 42 minutes.
The island of Mazzorbo (the stop before) is connected to Burano by a footbridge, so you can alight here if you wish to explore Mazzorbo first, then finish the journey on foot. A larger boat links Burano with the Lido, heading along the outer edge of the lagoon.
What to buy
Anything in lace. There are so many items that are made right here. If you want to buy proper, hand-made lace, insist on a label of authenticity, and expect to pay a high price.
We highly recommend to all tourist to visit this beautiful island.