Burano is one of the islands in the Venice lagoon. It is famous for its colorful houses and lace-making. You can watch the skilled women working and see why it takes months to make even the smallest piece; each lace-maker specializes in a particular stitch. Not surprising then that a lot of the lace currently for sale in Venice is knocked off in factories far far away; another example of Venice’s traditional crafts becoming too expensive for the modern world.
Burano’s other claim to fame is its color: every house is painted a bright shade of blue, yellow, pink, purple. Put this with the washing flapping in the breeze, the window boxes of red geraniums, and the painted saints in their wall niches and you feel like you're at a permanent festival.
Take Vaporetto (ferry) LN from central Venice (from S. Zaccaria near San Marco, or Fondamente Nove, also stops at Lido), get off at the stop Burano. Do not miss the last ferry back. A guided tour of the three islands, Murano, Burano and Torcello, is definitely worthwhile.
Tours & Tickets
Explore three famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon – Murano, Torcello and Burano – on a half-day sightseeing excursion by motorboat. Accompanied by a local ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Discover the delights of the Venetian Lagoon on this private 4-hour tour of Murano, Burano and Torcello islands in Venice. Watch skilled glassblowers at work ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)