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Day Trip from Venice to Burano

Day Trip from Venice to Burano

Day Trip from Venice to Burano

This little colourful town in Italy is one of the most Instagrammed places. I have seen pictures of this colourful town already a couple of years ago, but now when I open my news feed, there is no single day without these beautiful houses. When I found out that this little town is called Burano and actually part of Venice, I was thrilled that I could finally go see this place myself. And I have to say that none of the pictures come close to the real life experience!

Day Trip from Venice to Burano Canal and Boats Title
I guess this is one of the most photographed places in the world.

Burano is an island in the Northern Venetian Lagoon and actually a part of Venice. It has been named by various magazines as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. When you come from Venice, it feels like a totally different world – sometimes a bit unreal or even Disney-esque.

How to Get to Burano

Day Trip from Venice to Burano Vaporetto Cards
Locals playing cards to kill time on the Vaporetto, the “water bus”, from Venice to Burano.

It is quite straightforward to go to Burano from Venice. Vaporetto line 12 (the Vaporetti are the water buses in Venice) takes you from Fondamenta Nove (in the Northern part of Venice) to Burano. It is the same line that also goes to Murano. The trip costs around EUR 7 (about 8 USD) for one direction. I had a 72-hour tourist pass for getting around in Venice and the trip was included.

As I mentioned in my Ultimate Guide about Venice and the Biennale 2017, please do not forget to validate your ticket at the machine before entering the station.

You could also go by water taxi, but as it is quite far, it will cost you between EUR 100-130 (USD 110-150) for one direction.

Day Trip from Venice to Burano Church

When to Go to Burano

The best time to visit Burano is similar to Venice – from April until October. However, if you can, you should avoid the peak season from June to August because both cities are flooded with tourists.

Day Trip from Venice to Burano La Dolce Vita
La dolce vita in Burano

My personal tip is to go to Burano in the late afternoon. We left Venice at around 5 pm and by the time we arrived in Burano, most of the day visitors had already left. I had already mentally prepared myself for the crowds and I could not believe that I was able to capture such a peaceful city.

Day Trip from Venice to Burano Pink House
My favourite house in Burano

What do See in Burano

Your visit of Burano will be very straightforward because the major areas to visit are quite close to each other. Once you get off the boat, you can walk directly through a beautiful park towards the center.

Day Trip from Venice to Burano View of the Sea from Canal
View from the main canal to the sea

From there, just enjoy your walk along the main canals but also through the small alleys.

Day Trip from Venice to Burano Sea View
Sea view in Burano

Burano is a fishing town and it is very beautiful to walk over to the sea side and enjoy the view.

Day Trip from Venice to Burano Man with Dog
This is my favourite picture!

Where to Eat

Al Gatto Nero

I had a recommendation from a gourmet friend to dine at Al Gatto Nero. Unfortunately, on the day I came to Burano, they had a private party. I heard a lot of good things about this restaurant and it was a shame I could not try it myself. Therefore, I would recommend to call them before your trip to Burano and make a booking. Try to get a table outside and enjoy the view of the canal. (Via Giudecca, 88, +39 041 730120)

Day Trip from Venice to Burano Garden
A hidden courtyard we discovered on the way to Trattoria da Romano
Trattoria da Romano

The nice waiter at Al Gatto Nero recommended another place for us and we ended up at Trattoria da Romano, which was fabulous. The staff was incredibly friendly and the food delicious. Try the Antipasto di mare alla “Romano”, which introduces you to all the local fish delicacies. The Coda di Rospo (monkfish) and the deep fried soft shell crab as main dishes were also very nice. Even though this trattoria is quite spacious, I would still recommend to make a booking. (Via Baldassarre Galuppi, 221, +39 041 730030)

Day Trip from Venice to Burano Laundry
I love this typical Italian view: laundry hanging in front of the houses and spanning across the streets.

Where to Shop

Day Trip from Venice to Burano Canal and Boats
No comment needed for this picture 🙂

Most of the places in Burano cater to tourist souvenirs.

Day Trip from Venice to Burano Souvenir Shop
Typical selling souvenirs – some genuine and some not so genuine…

There are some small shops selling scarves, jewellery made of Murano glass and lace fabric for which Burano is very well known.

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Day Trip from Venice to Burano Pasticceria
Panificio Pasticceria Garbo – best biscuits in Burano

Apart from a magnet (my must-by to collect the places I have visited), I only bought biscuits in a very cute bakery called “Panificio Pasticceria Garbo” on my way to Piazza Galuppi. And these biscuits were absolutely delicious. (Fondamenta degli Assassini, 335)

Day Trip from Venice to Burano Sunset Church
Beautiful view from the Vaporetto station at sunset

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Ultimate Guide to Venice and the Biennale Arte

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More about Italy

Ultimate Guide to Milan

Ultimate Guide to Rome


Day Trip from Venice to Burano Laguna

All information as of the date of publishing/updating and based on the personal experience of Elisabeth Steiger, the information provided at the exhibition and on the official website of Burano. We cannot accept responsibility for the correctness or completeness of the data, or for ensuring that it is up to date. All recommendations are based on the personal experience of Elisabeth Steiger, no fees were received by the recommended places above.

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