Island Mazzorbo

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Mazzorbo is an island in the northern lagoon of Venice. It is about 10 kilometres away from the famous old town island of Venice. Mazzorbo forms a double island with Burano. The two islands are connected by a wooden bridge for pedestrians. Both islands have approximately the same size: about 0.2 kmē

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.

Our Tip: 3 Island Tour for only 20 Euro

This guided boat trip to the three islands Murano, Torcello and Burano is almost unbelievably inexpensive for Venice. The guided trip is especially suitable for tourists who have little time and still want to see several islands. On the way in the boat you are informed over loudspeakers in several languages (also English) about the islands and the lagoon. The islands you visit alone without a guide. The boat ticket is already included in the price of 20 Euro. For this price, the trip is a real bargain for the expensive city of Venice. The tour starts near St. Mark's Square.

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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).

Buying day tickets for ferries on the Internet

For many tourists who do not speak Italian, it is not easy to buy tickets for the water buses (vaporetti) in Venice. But it is also possible to buy the tickets in advance on the internet. Operating the ticket machines in Venice is complicated for many foreigners. If you find an advance booking office, there are often language problems. Moreover, the queues at the advance booking offices and vending machines are often very long.

On the following website you can buy the tickets (also the popular tickets for 48 hours and 72 hours). These tickets can also be used on the ferries to Torcello and to all other islands of Venice.

 >>> On this link you can buy tickets for the water buses (vaporetto)

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.

Island Map

The small island and the bridge to Burano.

Places of interest on the island

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.

Tip: 3-island tour for only around 20 euros in 2022

For Venice almost unbelievably cheap is a guided boat trip to the 3 islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. The trip is suitable for tourists who have little time and still want to see several islands. Durning sailing you one is informed in several languages (also English) about the islands and the lagoon. The islands are visited without a guide. The boat ticket is already included at the price of 20 euros. The trip is a real bargain. The tour starts near St. Mark's Square in the old town.

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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.

>>> On this link you can buy tickets for the water buses (vaporetto)

Mazzorbetto Island

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 2 minutes)

Important: This article was translated by a non-native English speaking person. We apologize for mistakes.

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