I remember the moment when I first saw a picture of colorful Burano, Venice… I immediately fell in love and couldn’t wait to be there to see everything through my own eyes! As I had trouble finding a travel guide, I really feel a huuuge need in telling you everything you need to know when planning your colorful getaway. 😉
You are planning to visit Venice? Make sure to plan at least half a day for exploring the colorful island of Burano. Even though Burano is part of the lagoon of Venice, it feels like visiting a total different place (or even different planet ;)). While Venice is packed with tourists, has narrow aisles and consists mainly of earthy tones, Burano feels like a childhood dream… The canals and alleys are far more spacious, every house has a different, vibrant color and I loved the laid back vibe of an old fisherman’s place. Being the Burano fan I am, I am keen to share with you some facts which will help you plan your Burano tripl! <3
1. Burano is just a 40minutes ferry ride away from Venice.
How to get to Burano? We were staying in the touristy heart of Venice, San Paul, and there were two options on how to take the ferry to Burano. There is the option to take a ferry close to Piazza San Marco but the ferry has quite a long journey of approximately 1,5h. Therefore, we decided to have a 20 minutes walk to Fondament Nove and directly take Vaporetto No. 12, leaving every 30 minutes. A single ride per person is about 7Euro and you also have the option to buy a 24-hours pass for 20€ which allows you to travel to even more places such as Murano (even though I think Burano is way more fun ;)). On the scenic 40-min ride, you’ll have to keep your eyes opes as you’ll pass the cemetery island of San Michele, Murano, Torcello and even more small islands of the lagoon. Even though we visited Burano in the touristy season, the ferry was not too full and we had an easy ride to my favorite colorful island.
2. Plan Burano as a half day trip (mornings & evenings are the best) – There are no accommodations and restaurants close early!
When we arrived on Burano, I was starving. As we wanted to catch an early ferry we had no breakfast. Well, we ended up having pizza for breakfast, because choices are very limited on Burano. Most food places serve food from 12 to 4 o’clock and in case you get really hungry before of after these hours, you should go to the small harbor because they have at least one shop with more flexible opening hours here.;) As I loved Burano so much, I was thinking about staying overnight, but Burano has no accommodation and it rather feels like a destination for a day or a half day trip. Mornings and evenings are the best times to visit because you will find almost no tourists and the atmosphere is dreamy and laid back.
3. What to see on Burano – Make sure to visit the side paths.
When I arrived at Burano, almost all tourists headed to Via Galuppi, the island’s main street which is lined with restaurants, pastry and souvenir shops. The picturesque canals are a must-see when visiting the island, but I mostly enjoyed strolling through the small pathways. Here you can enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the canals and colorful houses. As every house looks so different I honestly spen a few hours just walking around with eyes wide open, getting lost in the vibrant pathways. I loved a corner with yellow, green and blue houses which reminded me of Lego and I totally fell for the cutest pink house with a little bench in front and with flower boxes dotting the windows. There is so much to discover… Keep your eyes open and find your own personal favorite spots (and future houses ;)).
4. Be respectful and friendly to the residents in Burano.
Even though Burano feels like walking in a dream, it’s a real place with real people living here. During my trip I saw so many tourists taking pictures with bikes, flowers etc. which clearly belonged to residents. In touristy places like Burano I feel like it’s important to keep in mind the privacy of the residents. As Burano filled me with adrenaline and joy, I was bouncing around like a goof ball and when I saw an elderly woman sitting in front of her colorful house, I gave her a bright smile and she smiled back at me and waved her hand. I had the feeling that many elderly people live on Burano and I loved seeing them sitting outside, enjoying themselves. It made that place even more charming.
5. Try a colorful ice cream which matches your surrounding.
There are only a few restaurants, mainly specialized in fresh seafood. As a vegetarian I had not the best experience in finding good and welcoming restaurants and, therefore, I ended up taking food for take away! But as it was super hot, I entered So.Zo gelato quite a few times. Even though I normally love cookie, hazelnut and chocolate ice cream, I was amazed by the colorful selection and tried smurf and raspberry. I had my last come of smurf ice cream as a child and it was so much fun to try it again in this colorful place which made me feel like a fearless, open-minded child.
I’ve visited quite some places this year but Burano really means a lot of me. The combination of Venice and Burano make the perfect getaway. If you have any questions or any recommendations (eg. for a good restaurant experience ;)) – Please feel free to comment below! xx Leonie
– Pictures by Alexander Galievsky –