An island of colorful houses and fine lace
Burano is just over 40 minutes from central Venice by
public water bus, and it's worth visiting if you're partial to pigments or
The island, located in the northern reaches of the Venetian Lagoon, is
famous for two things:
- Its brightly-painted and well-maintained houses (see photo), which are in stark contrast to the
subtle colors and crumbling façades of Venice's centro storico,
- Its role as an exporter of
fine lace in from
the 1500s to the early 1700s, and again in the late 19th Century.
What to see and do:
- Walk around the island, enjoying the views (and perhaps a seafood
lunch at a local restaurant).
- Visit the
del Merletto, or Lacemaking Museum, where--if you're lucky--you'll
see traditional lacemakers at work.
- Cross the wooden footbridge to the neighboring island of
Mazzorbo with its rural ambience and modern social-housing project
from the 1980s.
- Spend a few hours on
Torcello (a short waterbus ride from Burano), which once was a more
important city than Venice and still has a remarkable Byzantine
cathedral that dates back to the 7th Century.
How to reach Burano:
- Catch the No. 12
ACTV water bus from Fondamente Nove (on the
northern waterfront of Venice's historic center, within walking distance
of the Piazza San Marco).
- Some No. 12 boats stop at Torcello; check the posted timetables by
the ACTV stops for current schedules.
- Tip: Buy an ACTV 12-hour
Tourist Travel Card
instead of paying the steep single-journey fares.
Plan a day trip to Murano, Burano, Mazzorbo, and Torcello: