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How to Get To Burano on a Day Trip from Venice

How to Get To Burano on a Day Trip from Venice

When in Venice, make sure you leave yourself enough time to include a day trip to the intriguing island of Burano. Its kaleidoscope of coloured houses and its calm and tranquil interior is a stunning contrast to Venice.

Discover side streets alive with elderly ladies chatting, teenagers gliding along in their boats and children playing while tourists roam around Burano.

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colourful houses and a canal with boats either side

How To Get To Burano

Day trips from Venice to Burano are straightforward. You will need to catch the number 12 Vaporetta from Fondamenta Nove, costing €7.50 for a one-way ticket and taking around 45 minutes.

Another option is to take number 12 to Murano and join a glass factory tour. Afterwards, walk along the main street to the lighthouse and board the number 12 Vaporetto to Burano.

This is one of Venice’s best day trips, and if you want to tour the islands of Murano and Torcello while you are in the Venetian lagoon area, it will work out more economical to buy a €20 one-day ticket.

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How To Book a Tour From Venice to Burano

You can book some great tours to Burano from Venice if you prefer someone else to organise a day trip for you. Many include stops at the neighbouring islands of Murano and Torcello, allowing you to experience several islands in the Venetian Lagoon.

Burano coloured houses situated along a canal

How Long Do You Need in Burano?

Either a few hours in the morning or afternoon will be plenty of time to wander around Burano. The island is the main attraction with its beautiful coloured houses and winding canals. You won’t find many other things to do in Burano other than to enjoy your surroundings and take hundreds of photographs!

A street in burano showing pastel coloured houses

Why Are the Houses in Burano Multi-Coloured?

Burano’s rainbow streets are the main draw for tourists. Houses throughout Burano were originally painted in bright colours so families could mark out where their homes ended and their neighbours began. The rule was that no dwelling could be painted the same colour as the one next to it, and permission had to be given by the local council. Their vibrant paintwork also helped guide the fishermen back from a day out at sea.

Luckily for us, this Italian tradition has been kept alive and stepping onto the island of Burano is like reaching a fairytale land. It’s almost like a film set from the Wizard of Oz!

After witnessing the architectural splendours in central Venice, the buildings in Burano are simple – just a brightly painted square building containing two or three floors.

A bridge in Burano across a canal showing me standing on it
Colourful houses along a canal in Burano, Venice

Traditional Lace-Making in Burano

Burano is known for the craft of lace-making. There are seven different stitches in total, and each craftswoman would specialise in one stitch. The lace would pass from woman to woman until the piece was complete. It was a difficult task, and most lace is now machine-made; however, outside some shops, the ladies still use the traditional methods to show how it used to be done.

If you are interested in learning about lace-making, head to the Museo del Merletto, (lace museum). Afterwards, visit the Emilia Burano store to purchase lace for yourself.

Me sitting on the side of a canal in Burano with fishing boats on the water.

Burano Town Square

Piazza Galuppi is the main square. Lined with shops, cafes and restaurants, it’s an excellent place to stop for a thirst-quenching Aperol spritz.

This Venetian aperitif, made with white wine, Aperol and sparkling water, is an excellent accompaniment to your seafood lunch. Burano is a working fisherman’s island, so you can expect the freshest catch daily.

Multi coloured houses in burano, venice

Burano is a working neighbourhood and has not just been fabricated for tourists. Lose the crowds, discover a labyrinth of tiny streets and find a quieter side to this quaint town.

A photo of me walking along a narrow alleyway in Burano
Colourful Painted Houses in Burano

Take time during your day trip from Venice to visit the 16th-century church of San Martino. With its leaning bell tower, it is a quirky sight to behold.

The best location to admire it from is the Terranova marble bridge. Go inside, light a remembrance candle and take a few moments to be alone with your thoughts.

san martino leaning tower, Burano
memorial candles in san martino church in Burano

Where To Eat in Burano

There are plenty of fish and pasta restaurants to choose from. Some of the best restaurants in Burano are listed below:

Trattoria Al Gatto Nero – A Michelin star, family-run restaurant since 1965 offering local Italian cuisine with vegan and vegetarian options.

Osteria Al Museo Burano – A great place for lunch next to the church and the museum.

Trexento Cafe – No fuss, great food, good prices.

Pasticceria Rizzardini – Great for breakfast and snacks.

If you want a small snack and a glass of local wine, head to a bacaro (wine bar).

These small bars are found all over Venice and are a true Venetian experience. They serve tapas-style food called “Cicchetti”, comprising small bites of bread with various toppings, all washed down with wine. Usually only costing a few euros, this is a great way to have a quick snack while sightseeing.

Explore the Island of Mazzorbo

Before you head back to the Vaporetto stop, cross the wooden bridge that connects Burano to Mazzorbo. Here you will find the Venissa walled vineyard circled by medieval monastery walls and complete with a Michelin-starred restaurant.

The 14th-century campanile (bell tower) stands within the grounds alongside the 11th-century Church of San Michele Arcangelo. Out of ten original churches, this is the only one left on Mazzorbo island.  An exhibition in the grounds of the wine estate was an unusual find in the heart of the Venetian Lagoon!

santa caterina bell tower on the Venissa wine estate
A photo of me within the vineyards at Mazzorbo, Venice
Art depicting a child and an elephant at venissa wine estate

Explore the Island of Torcello

Before returning to Venice, take a 5-minute ferry from Burano to the neighbouring island of Torcello. You can then catch the half-hourly ACTV ferry back to Venice once you have explored Torcello.

This unassuming island isn’t colourful like Burano. However, it has the impressive 7th-century Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta at its centre, complete with its interesting Venetian-Byzantine mosaics. Climb to the top of the Basilica’s bell tower for far-reaching views across Burano and out to the lagoon.

Maybe you may like to visit one of Torcello’s restaurants before your return trip to Venice. There are several quaint and traditional places to choose from on the island.

Where to Eat in Torcello

Locanda Cipriani

Ristorante al Trono di Attila

Restaurant Villa 600

Accommodation in Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello

If you fancy an overnight stay on Torcello, then check out availability and rates for accommodation.

If you fancy an overnight stay on Burano, then check out availability and rates for accommodation.

Colourful Houses and Boats on the Canal
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Karthika

Thursday 13th of February 2020

This is such a beautiful place. Look at all those colorful buildings. How long did you stay here?

WhereAngieWanders

Friday 14th of February 2020

We were only there for the day on a trip from Venice but we stayed until late when all the tourists had gone and had it to ourselves

Erin Foster

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

So pretty! I love places where each building is a different color. When I last was in Venice, we only made it to Murano. I'll have to check out Burano next time I'm there!

WhereAngieWanders

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

I hope you get there, it was a wonderful little place.

Chris Toone | Toone's Travels

Friday 7th of February 2020

Such a beautiful place and a nice "break" from the hustle and bustle of the main island. My favorite part was staying into the early evening when the tourists left and it felt like a whole different world :) Thanks for sharing your incredible pictures!

Safe travels, Chris

WhereAngieWanders

Friday 7th of February 2020

I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. Burano was beautiful and we even got to experience it when a storm came in. Fantastic.

Slowly Anywhere

Wednesday 29th of January 2020

Burano is so beautiful! As an Italian, I was curious about your trip to my country. There is much more to see other than Venice. We are all waiting for you, Maybe Florence? Siena? time to plan your next Italian getaway!

WhereAngieWanders

Wednesday 29th of January 2020

In such a bustling city there were little gems such as the Man Mo Temple.

WhereAngieWanders

Wednesday 29th of January 2020

Yes, I love Italy (I am half Italian myself) and have been to Florence, Pisa, Rome, Amalfi coast etc. I totally fell in love with Venice, my favourite place ever.

Janja

Thursday 10th of October 2019

This place is so beautiful! I loved it so much there. Next time I will also visit Mazzorbo, didn't have enough time last year to squeeze it in. But these islands in Venetian lagoon are just perfect.

WhereAngieWanders

Thursday 10th of October 2019

Mazzorbo was just a walk across the bridge from Burano and was a nice find. Murano was another lovely island to visit in the lagoon area of Venice .