Burano, Venice. This charming Italian island is one of the most colourful places in the world and it definitely deserves a day (or half-day) trip from Venice. This island is often overlooked by tourists because they’re probably distracted by the beautiful canals of Venice. However, if you have time to spare, I highly recommend that you visit the colourful town of Burano. I hopped on a Vaporetto which took me to Burano (it takes about 40-45 minutes). When I set foot in the island, I was overwhelmed with the feast of colors—it was a lot to take in but the more time you spend walking around the town, the more you start to notice the other elements of Burano that makes it even more charming. More than the vibrant, contrasting houses, Burano is filled with interesting shops. They’re known for selling lace and they also have some of the best/economical fish restaurants in the city.
Since I was traveling alone, I was more engaged with the whole experience. I got to explore the island at my own pace and I could pretty much go wherever I wanted to
(I will write a separate blog post about my learnings from my first solo trip).I had an amazing time walking alone in the small alleyways, getting away from the other tourists, getting lost and taking tons of photos. I went during winter so even though the town is colourful, the fog definitely added some eerie vibe to it. Nevertheless, Burano is still a multi-coloured masterpiece. Did you know that families used to paint their homes in bright, vivid colors so that fishermen can easily recognize their homes when coming back home during the foggy winter days? Making it more visible from the sea. Since then, the town has kept up with the tradition. I heard that if you live in Burano and wish to paint your house, you must send a letter of request to the government, which responds by making a note of the specific color you can use for your house. How cool is that? However, just like any other trip, you need to have a positive outlook and an open mind. If you’re pretty hard to please it’s easy to say that Burano looks like Gawad Kalinga in Manila (lol just saying). So make sure you visit with the right attitude and appreciate what Burano has to offer.
HOW TO GET TO BURANO FROM VENICE?
One vaparetto (water bus) line runs from Venice to Burano. This express ferry runs from Venice’s San Zaccaria stop (near St. Mark’s Basilica), to Burano and Murano. The whole trip takes only 40-45 minutes and costs €6.50 per person. Look for Vaporetto 12! Also, there are a lot of stops so pay attention!
WHAT TO DO IN BURANO?
Burano is a pretty small town so it’s easy to navigate around the island. If you love photography, you will probably go crazy here. You will spot lush flower pots and laundry drying outside the windows, contrasting houses in every color imaginable, picturesque canals, pigeons and cats, etc. Wander far enough and you can see locals hanging out. Make sure you charge your camera and have enough space on your memory card before you visit! I probably took 500+ photos in Burano! Once you’re done with taking photos, you can go to Via Galuppi, the island’s main street. This area is filled with pastry and souvenir shops, gelato stores, cafés and restaurants. Burano is known for its artisan lace makers so a lot of shops sell these. Hungry? I highly suggest Trattoria da Romano. It’s a popular restaurant in Burano, probably a tourist trap as well but I enjoyed my time there. The restaurant is famous for its risotto so make sure you won’t miss this dish. Once you’re done, walk around some more, have a gelato (my favorite is nocciola, a.k.a. hazelnut lol). If you’re hungry again opt for some squid ink pasta (or anything seafood since Burano is a fisherman’s island).
Hope this blog post inspired you to travel more. Got questions about your Italian escapade? Feel free to send me an email! If you’ve missed my entries about Venice, you can read them here and here. Arrivederci!