What is the most colorful place that you have ever been to? For me, this is a no brainer! The Island of Burano in Italy of course! Now before Instagram, I will not even lie that I have never heard of Burano before. All of a sudden all of these colorful photos popping up from Burano were taking over my Instagram feed and I immediately fell in love. The moment that I booked our trip to Venice, I knew that a day trip from Venice to Burano was definitely in the plans. This is a guide about an easy day trip from Venice to Burano.
About the Island of Burano:
Burano is located about 45 minutes from Venice and is the most colorful island/town I have ever been to. Every single house there is painted with a vibrant color, and not just because it looks cute but also for a very important purpose. Originally these houses in Burano were painted like this so that fisherman could find their homes after a long day of fishing, and to help stand out through the fog. Today on the other hand, the colorful homes of Burano are a photographers dream! I am pretty sure I took a photo of almost every house there.
What to do in Burano:
Since Burano is a small fishing village there honestly is not that much to do. That does not mean that you still will not have a great time. There are a few things to do of course to keep you occupied while you are there.
Check out the Lace shops: Burano is famous for its beautiful lace. Lace has been a major produced product since the 16th century. There are many little shops and even a Lace museum on the island. This gives you the perfect reason to buy a lace napkin, tablet cloth, or even fan for the Italian heat.
Food: This is a no brainer for most since Italy has the best food ever. There are tons of little cafes all over the island and gelaterias. Be careful though, some restaurants are definitely a tourist trap. The cafes and restaurants in the main strip of the island, and you will know where that is based on the crowds of people, is usually the part you want to stay away from when it comes to food. There are also a lot of cafes situated along the canal that provide a nice view. The best restaurant on the island though is Gato Negro, per many reviews and its Michelin three star rating. Unfortunately we did not get to dine at this restaurant as often time, especially in high season, reservations are required.
Wander Around Without a Plan: The island of Burano is small, very easy to explore the entire island on foot in 2 hours. Give yourself time to wander through the many little streets and find hidden gems void of crowds of people. While wandering, make sure to have your camera out because each corner is a certified photo opportunity. Make sure to stay respectful to the locals and their homes while taking photos, believe it or not people actually do live here too.
Have I convinced you yet to do a day trip from Venice to Burano? This was such a nice way to take a break from the Venice crowds and enjoy the vibrant colors of Burano. My Biggest piece of advice for Burano, if you are traveling in high season, is get to Burano early before the afternoon crowds. Did you enjoy this post about Burano? Is it now on your bucket list? Tell me in comments below.
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