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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
From there, just enjoy your walk along the main canals but also through the small alleys.
Burano is a fishing town and it is very beautiful to walk over to the sea side and enjoy the view.
Where to Eat
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)
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)
Where to Shop
Most of the places in Burano cater to tourist souvenirs.
There are some small shops selling scarves, jewellery made of Murano glass and lace fabric for which Burano is very well known.
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)
More about Venice
Ultimate Guide to Venice and the Biennale Arte
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