Island Burano (Venice)
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Burano (in the local language Buran) has preserved the charm and character of a fishing village until today. Burano is only 0.2 kmē in size, but has almost 3,000 inhabitants. No island in the lagoon of Venice has a higher population density. Burano is small and approximately circular. Every point of the island can be reached by foot in about 10 minutes from the water bus landing stage. There are no cars or motorbikes on Burano.
However, the islanders have connected Burano with the neighbouring island of Mazzorbo with a bridge. Mazzorbo is about the same size, but very sparsely populated. Here the inhabitants of Burano find peace and green areas. Also on Mazzorbo there are no cars, but at least bicycles.
The colourful houses of Burano
Burano is famous for its colourful houses. The painting of the houses is an old tradition. Why the locals paint their houses colorful in past centuries is not quite clear. According to a legend the fishermen of the island Burano could see their home island better in bad visibility (fog) and find therefore easier home. Today, the colorful buildings are a great sight. Quite a few day-trippers come to Burano to see above all the coloured houses. We liked them very much. Also many of the ships (fishing boats) in Burano are painted in bright colors
Short video island and colored houses
The Lace of Burano and the Lace Museum
Lace is a product made of yarn and fabric that is traditionally handmade. The products can be, for example, scarves, tablecloths or garments. Burano has been world famous for lace for a long time. In spite of tourism, the craftsmanship on the island of Burano is unfortunately less and less practiced. Many of the lace offered in the shops are not handicrafts, but imports from Asia. These imported products are machine-made in the traditional Burano lace style.
Those who are interested in lace should visit the Museo del Merletto (Museum of Lace). It is the most important sight on the island of Burano. The museum is in the middle of the island, directly opposite the big church and can hardly be missed. There are many, great laces on display. In the lace museum of Burano you can also watch a film about lace and craftsmanship. In the tourist language English the exhibition is called "Lace Museum". The lace is sold in many shops on the island of Burano
However, the craft of lace is unfortunately becoming extinct in Venice. There are only a few people left who are active in the protracted production of lace. Almost all of them are older ladies, there is a lack of offspring. Some of the ladies come daily to the museum, which is also a school for the art of lace making. These women work publicly in the museum, you can watch them doing their craft.
The manual work is extremely complex. It takes many days, mostly even months, to make only one piece of cloth. Accordingly, genuine lace from Burano have prices of many thousands of euros. Often the laces are garments like dresses for women, scarves or blankets.
Opening hours Museum Burano: In the season from 10 am to 6 pm (April to October), in winter one hour less (10 am to 5 pm). Monday is closed all year round. The lace museum is also closed on some important holidays such as Christmas, New Year or 1st May.
Museum of Lace Burano entrance fee: adults pay 5 euros. Backpacks and bags must be locked in a locker (free of charge). There is a toilet in the museum, but you can only use it if you have paid the entrance fee.
The Church of San Martino
Opposite the lace museum of Burano is the church San Martino with many works of art inside the church. Especially the painting "crocifissione" (Crucifixion) of the famous artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo from the 18th century is known. Admission to the church is free
Even more famous is the tower of the church Chiesa di San Martino Burano. The church tower (Campanile) is the landmark of the island of Burano. It is, similar to the famous tower of Pisa, leaning.
More info Burano Island
The island is said to have the best risotto all of Italy, some even say the best risotto in the world. The freshly caught fish and seafood from Burano also taste excellent in many island restaurants. The prices in the gastronomy are somewhat lower than in Venice.
There are many shops in Burano that offer their goods to tourists. Many of them, of course, offer the famous lace. There are also at least two small supermarkets on Burano. Here you can buy drinks on a hot summer day at affordable prices.
There is also a public toilet (price 1,50 Euro) near the museum and church of the island.
The composer Baldassare Galuppi lived on the island of Burano for a long time in the 18th century.
The most important means of transport on Burano, apart from the ships, is the sack truck. Especially many drinks have to be brought from the ships to the supermarkets and restaurants.
Connections Burano (water buses): A trip by water bus (vaporetto) from Venice to Burano takes at least 40 minutes. The departures are frequent during the day. On the main island of Venice, the ferries depart north from the Fondamenta Nuove pier to Burano. This stop is often abbreviated to "F.te Nove" on maps etc. If you want to get to Burano from the bus station (Piazzale Roma) or from the main train station (Santa Lucia), you have to change ferries. But there are many ferries from there to the vaporetto station Fondamenta Nuove
From Venice (jetty Fondamente Nove in
the north of the old town island) only the water bus line
12 runs on a fast way to Burano. The vaporetti stop on the
way on the islands Murano (only stop Faro),
Mazzorbo. Mazzorbo is the island mentioned above, connected
to Burano by a bridge. The total travel time from Venezia
to Burano is about 42 minutes. During the season the
ferries leave every 20 to 30 minutes during the day. You
can find more information about ferries to Burano on this
Further water buses connect Burano with Punta Sabbioni and Treporti on the mainland (also line 12, but only once per hour). But these places are far away from Venice. Interesting are the connections for tourists who spend their holidays for example in Lido di Jesolo or surroundings. Travel time to Treporti about 15 minutes, to Punta Sabbioni about half an hour. Some vaporetti also only connect the island of Burano with its neighbour Torcello (vaporetto lines 9 and 12). In addition, there is a night line between different islands, Venice and Burano. At night there are also direct ferries to Lido Island.
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Map of Burano Island (Venezia)
Tipps Restaurants in Burano season 2019
In Burano we have counted at least 15 restaurants, with snacks places and fast food. Many visitors come to Burano as part of a day trip and have lunch in one of the taverns. The prices are somewhat cheaper than in Venice, but a bit higher than in most regions of Britain or the USA. In the following some recommendations from different categories.
Probably the best and most famous restaurant on Burano is the "Al Gato Nero" (The Black Cat). It is a restaurant of the luxury class, with appropriate quality and prices, which received many awards. Among the great appetizers at Gato Nero are, for example, the fish risotto with gobies (small fish).
The island of Burano in Italy is generally known for its risotto. As a main course you can try for example the mixed fish plate. Al Gato Nero has great value on the regional cuisine of Venice and Burano. Opening hours: As far as we know: Monday closed, Sunday only in the evening
A typical Italian restaurant with average prices in Burano is the "Al Vecio Pipa" (The Old Pipe). The appetizers on the menu include scallops, salmon and ham with melon. Our Lasagne al Forno and the Cotoletta alla milanese (chicken schnitzel) tasted good.
A visit to a pizzeria or a fast food restaurant is of course much cheaper. We really liked the "Pizza Take Away Devil" on the island of Burano. The good pizza Diavola with tomatoes, mozzarella and salami costs only 7 Euro (in October 2017). There is also fast food like hot dogs, hamburgers and much more here. We recommend in Devil Burano the large pizza pieces to take-away for 3 to 3.50 euros, especially the delicious vegetable pizza.
Another fast food restaurant with the name "Fritto Misto" is directly opposite the jetty of the waterbuses just outside the centre of Burano. Ideal if you have to wait for the ferry. There is pizza, spaghetti, fish and much more. On big signs, cheap menus with drinks are offered, example: Fried fish with chips and a drink of your choice for 12 euros, cheap for Venice.