Burano Travelguide

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┬ácolorful getaway. ­čśë

You are planning to visit Venice? Make sure to plan at least half a day for┬áexploring the colorful island of Burano.┬áEven 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┬áand consists mainly of earthy tones,┬áBurano feels┬álike a┬áchildhood dream… The canals and alleys are far more┬áspacious, 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┬áwill 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┬áferry close to Piazza San Marco┬ábut the ferry has quite a long journey ┬áof approximately 1,5h. Therefore, we decided┬áto have a 20 minutes walk to Fondament Nove┬áand directly take Vaporetto No. 12, leaving every 30 minutes. A single ride per person is┬áabout 7Euro and you also have the option to buy a 24-hours pass for 20ÔéČ 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.┬áEven 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.┬á

2. Plan Burano as a half day trip (mornings & evenings┬áare the best) –┬áThere are┬áno accommodations and restaurants┬áclose early!

When we┬áarrived on┬áBurano, I was starving. As we wanted to catch an early ferry we had no breakfast. Well, we┬áended up having pizza for breakfast, because choices are very limited on Burano. Most food places serve food from 12 to 4 o’clock┬áand 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┬áis 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┬áwhich reminded me of Lego┬áand I totally fell for the cutest pink house with a little┬ábench in front and with┬áflower boxes dotting the windows. There is so much to discover… Keep your eyes open and┬áfind your own personal favorite spots (and future houses ;)).┬á

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┬átouristy places like Burano I feel like it’s important to keep in mind the privacy┬áof the residents. As Burano filled me with adrenaline and joy, I was bouncing around like a goof ball and when I saw an elderly┬áwoman 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.┬á

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┬á

PS: I’ve been to Burano three times already so I mixed a few new and old pics! See more Burano love here, here &┬áhere. <3


┬á– Pictures by Alexander Galievsky –

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