Ok, I would like to start by clarifying something before the title can lead to confusion: Burano and Venice are not the same, nor does the second explicitly host the first. Rather Burano, known as ‘the most colorful city in Europe’ is a small island located 9 kilometers north of Venice.
It is one of the most important and attractive of the islands of the Laguna Veneta, which worships joy with its great variety of houses painted in bright colors. Although this is a very particular tradition in European towns (it also stands out in the towns that make up Cinque Terre), the striking coloring of the houses is said to have ancient origins:
Apparently, the island’s fishermen decided to paint them like this so that they would be easily visible from a distance and could return without problems during those days when there were adverse weather conditions such as fog. Judging by the images, here you can also see small boats that circulate in the canals that replace the streets.
Most of the tourists who visit Venice do not visit it, and it is a shame since they are really very close. In addition, its only 3,000 inhabitants give it a special charm that will surely not be possible to appreciate in Venice with its large number of tourists. For all that and much more, discover Burano!
Discover Burano: everything you have to see on this island
If you wonder what kind of activities you can do here, among the most outstanding are the visit to the Merletto Museum, with exhibits on the development of lace making in the area (no miss the stores with lace products!).
In this Lace Museum you will be able to surprise yourself live with the elaboration of lace with traditional techniques and learn about some legends. As they say, the most popular legend that makes this tradition in Burano reveals that the first lace was brought to Burano by a fisherman for his bride. The lace would have been created with sea foam and delivered by the mermaids of the lagoon. The Lace Museum & nbsp; is located in & nbsp; Piazza Galuppi 187. The opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April to October and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November to March. & Nbsp; As for the access fee, the entrance price is € 5.
Another activity to do is to take a tour of the old church of San Martino, whose building contains a leaning bell tower from the seventeenth century. Yes, an inclination almost the same as if it were the Tower of Pisa.
On the other hand, and although it may be obvious, at lunchtime do not miss the opportunity to sit in some of the informal restaurants that Burano has to delight some fresh seafood from the lagoon.
How to get to Burano?
As I mentioned before, Burano is a town that is very close to Venice, so I will tell you the best way to get there from there: take a vaporetto on the LN line.
The vaporetto is the boat used in Venice as a means of public transport. You can take this boat at the Fondamente Nuove in Venice. If you find yourself on Murano Island, head towards the Faro stop. From here you will have a journey of approximately 30 minutes to Burano.
Another alternative to get to know this place is to hire a tour that It takes you on a tour of the most emblematic places of the islands of the Venetian lagoon: Murano, Torcello and Burano.
Honestly, it doesn’t matter how you get there, or how much time you want to dedicate to it, but you should bear in mind that it is an ideal stop to get to know the Venetian lagoon in detail. Enjoy it!