Burano is an explosion of colours that everybody visit for its lace and brightly coloured houses. A place full of charm and perfect for walks and nice pictures.
Located in the north of Venice, Burano is a very good way to get a change of air and leave for a few hours the islander city. Many travellers are content if they stay in Venice while treasures are only a few minutes away by Vaporetto… This is the case for Burano but also for Murano which I will discuss in another article.
Why colourful houses?
As tradition explains fishermen’s wives painted their houses so that their husbands could find their way back in bad weather. But these colours weren’t chosen randomly.
Nowadays, homeowners wishing to paint their home must first ask permission from the government and then choose among the authorized colours. It helps saving the uniqueness of the island who is considered today as one of the most colourful places in the world.
These houses painted in yellow, green, orange, purple, pink & blue offer a magical setting that attracts many tourists. The perfectly maintained facades, the clothes drying outside, the striped blinds and the cats in the streets give it all its charm.
- Go there early to admire the lanes with the first rays of sun. You will avoid being overwhelmed by travellers and tourists. This will also give you the opportunity to have a seat during the Vaporetto ride.
- Add the visit of this island with the one of Murano and you will save money and time. The island of Burano is 50 minutes from Venice by Vaporetto and Murano is about ten minutes away.
- Visit the island of Burano before Murano because many travellers and tourists do the opposite. This will allow you to enjoy a little peace.
How to get to Burano from Venice?
As mentioned in my Venice article, the Vaporetto is the easiest and cheapest way to leave the island.
Several lines ensure the transition from one island to another. I recommend you to take the Line 12 to Fondamente Nuovo which serves Murano and then Burano in about 50 minutes.
A boat leaves every half hour and the journey costs € 7.50 one way so € 15 for a return trip. A 24h pass costs 20 €, so I recommend you to take this one if you want to enjoy it afterwards for a walk in Vaporetto in Venice.
Half a day is enough to visit this small colourful island, by counting the return trip by boat.
I hope this article was helpful when planning your visit to Venise & Burano. If you want to see more photos and stories about my visit in Burano, I invite you to join me on Instagram.
I will also publish very soon an article on its neighbouring island: Murano!