Travel comfortably without queues, buy tickets online beforehand:
Otherwise the two islands are very
different. Burano, the island of the lace, is very densely
populated with 3,000 inhabitants. Houses and narrow alleys
characterize Burano. Mazzorbo, on the other
hand, is rural and has only about 300 inhabitants. On
Mazzorbo you can find some things for which there is no place
in Burano. Allotment gardens, a park, a playground for
children and the common cemetery of Burano and Mazzorbo
are on the green island.
On the island of Mazzorbo there are still some farmers who grow vegetables and wine. Some of the inhabitants go to work every day on foot over the bridge to Burano, others commute to Venice by vaporetti (ferries). There and in Burano there are more jobs, especially in tourism. Visitors who cross the wooden bridge to Mazzorbo will find several good restaurants on the island.
Waterbuses to Mazzorbo (Ferries, Vaporetti)
The island is easily accessible by boat. During the day there are ferries (water buses) every 20 minutes from Venice via the island of Murano to Mazzorbo. Most of them go on to Torcello and Burano. About one ferry per hour goes also to Punta Sabbioni on the mainland (connection from there with the bus to the tourist place Lido di Jesolo).
The bridge between Burano and Mazzorbo
The wooden bridge is the only connection between the two islands and only for pedestrians. The distances on Mazzorbo and Burano are not big. No place on the two Venetian islands is more than 15 minutes walk from the jetty.
Places of interest on the islande
Directly after bridge in Mazzorbo is a large garden (picture at the top). Here you can see vineyards and vegetable fields
A nice footpath (picture below) goes around the island (about 2 kilometers). An ideal walk in the green after visiting the island of Burano.
If you turn left after the footbridge of Burnao, you will reach the cemetery after a few hundred metres. You can see normal graves as well as many urn graves in walls. Further south you come to the interesting island church of Mazzorbo Chiesa di Santa Caterina. Beside the interior of the church, the inner courtyard is also a sight.
If you go after the footbridge in the other direction along the sea (straight ahead) you get after about 100 meters to a park with playground for children. After a few minutes you reach the ferry terminal of the island Mazzorbo.
The two best restaurants on the island are also nearby. They are the luxurious restaurant Venissa, which offers excellent local cuisine. The good Trattoria alla Madallena is almost directly at the jetty.
Water Buses (Ferries) Mazzorbo
Although there are only about 500 meters on foot between the jetties of Mazzorbo and Burano, most water buses stop at both jetties. Many continue to Torcello, the island with the oldest church in Venice. From and to Venice (old town, Fondamente Nove pier) there are water buses (vaporetti) about every 20 minutes. Many tourists get off in Burano and get on again in Mazzorbo or vice versa. Then you don't need to walk back over the footbridge between the two islands (but only about 10 minutes).
Many locals on Mazzorbo are cycling. There are no roads or cars, as on many islands around Venice. Also motorbikes, mopeds and the like are fortunately forbidden. Many visitors of the island Mazzorbo come because of the silence without traffic noise.
The neighbouring island of Mazzorbetto is even more sparsely populated and much larger. The island is only about 50 meters away from Mazzorbo. However, there is neither a bridge nor public ferries to Mazzorbetto. Thus the island is inaccessible for most tourists. You can see the island Mazzorbetto from Mazzorbo and from the water buses. It looks even greener (many trees). Only about 10 inhabitants live on Mazzorbetto.
Short film about Mazzorbo (length