Venice to Burano: Visit Italy’s Most Colorful Island

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One of the most colorful corners in the world is located just 45 minutes outside of Venice, Italy. Burano is a magical island that cannot be missed and is great for a day trip. Picture the Venetian canals, but with fewer crowds, and facades bursting in every color you can imagine. There truly is no island like it. So get ready for a TON of photos.

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How to Get to Burano From Venice

Getting to Burano on your own is quite simple. You can just jump on the line 12 water bus from Venice and explore the island at your own pace. A roundtrip ticket will cost you around 15 euros per person. You can buy the tickets near many of the water bus stations, read more about that HERE. You can also see a schedule of the water bus HERE.

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However, if you time it right you’re better off buying a one-day pass and using it to tour the Grand Canal in Venice, visit the island of Burano AND Murano, and possibly get to the train station the next day for your departure. This is if you happen to buy the pass the day before you leave.

The day passes are valid for a full 24 hours from when you first hop on so take advantage and see as much as possible. You can also buy passes for up to 72 hours depending on how long you’ll be in Venice. Buy those tickets in person or book ahead by clicking here.

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You can also book a guided tour ahead of time that will give you access to Burano plus a stop at the neighboring island of Murano. The duration is 4.5 hours and you can book that tour HERE.

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Things to do in Burano

Burano is tiny and easily walkable. It’s a lot smaller than Venice. We spent 3-4 hours there and had plenty of time to take it all in. If I had the chance I would’ve stayed overnight, but that’s simply because I love this type of architecture and I don’t tire of it. Either way, I managed to take over a hundred photos, have lunch, and enjoy gelato twice! So you really don’t need more than a few hours.

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Explore every corner. This is the best thing to do in Burano in my opinion. This island is a color-lovers dream, and you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss any single nook. Make space on your camera for the abundance of photos.

Tour the island with a local. If you’d love to learn more about Burano’s history and check out how the world-famous Burano lace is made then this tour would be perfect. Once you arrive (on your own) a local who is born and raised on the island will show you around while talking about the history and traditions of Burano. You’ll also get to see the lace made by hand, and have time on your own to explore the island: Click here to book that tour.

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Eat Seafood. The pizza we chose was disappointing, but I’ve read that they have some of the best seafood in that region. Burano is a true fisherman’s island, so definitely skip the pizza and try their seafood. If we were to do it again, we’d choose to dine at Al Gatto Nero for its fantastic reviews.

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Don’t skip gelato. One thing you cannot miss is the gelato from Dai Fradei. It’s a grocery store/gelato shop and you wouldn’t imagine the gelato is anything special, but it’s homemade and we loved it so much we visited twice during this one day trip. It’s one of our favorite shops in all of Italy so make sure you give it a try.

We visited Burano in May, and though the water bus was crowded, the crowds quickly spread out upon arrival. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to take pictures without people in the way.

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Pretty stunning, don’t you think?

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I can’t think of a better day trip than chasing facades in Burano. Have I convinced you yet?

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  • Reply Anonymous July 4, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    We loved Burano, spent the night at Tiffany Home. Once the tourists leave on the last ferry Burano comes alive (but quietly).

  • Reply Elaine J. Masters February 25, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Truly, madly, deeply darling. Love the fabric falling in front of the doors and your pictures! So sweet and now I know to book a stay in Burano when I return to Venice. Thank you.

  • Reply Anna February 24, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    I didn’t know such a beautiful place existed. Thanks for the tip! It’s picturesque really!

  • Reply Kristine February 24, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Did you visit in off-peak season? It looks really uncrowded, perfect! I would love to wonder down Burano Island myself, agreeing with you that it’s super Instagram-worthy. Was just thinking you can create so many posts on IG with the photos here, lol!

    • Reply This Darling World February 28, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      I’d say shoulder season, it was mid May when I was there. As I mentioned in the post, the boats were packed but once you got to the island everyone scattered leaving plenty of photo opportunities!

  • Reply Christie Sultemeier February 24, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Huge fan of your work! Such beautiful photos. I loved Burano. I might move there after reading this post.

  • Reply Viola February 24, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Omg these photos are delightful! I want to go there now. Canal, pretty house, flowers, and gelatos! All my favorite things it’s perfect! Thanks so much for bringing some color into my day 😀

  • Reply GallopAroundTheGlobe (@KiaraGallop) February 24, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    I visited Burano (along with Murano – the home of glass) on my most recent trip to Venice. They’re all so different, but equally lovely. I took soooo many photos there! 🙂

    • Reply This Darling World March 1, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      I didn’t get a chance to visit Murano, but I’m sure it’s beautiful! I know I was(n’t) surprised at the hundreds of photos I had in Burano alone.

  • Reply Kasia Dietz February 24, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Looks beautiful! Going to Venice next week and will visit Burano.

  • Reply Michelle Joy (@harborsnhavens) February 24, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    I’m so bummed that we didn’t get to do this last time! We definitely need to go back someday!

    • Reply This Darling World February 24, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Yes!! I missed it the first two times as well, had to go back just to visit Burano! So worth it.

  • Reply thatanxioustraveller February 24, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    I went to Venice a couple of years ago, but sadly I did miss Burano – no probs; gives me an excuse to go back again! I shall keep your guide handy! 🙂

  • Reply Sophie February 24, 2018 at 11:50 am

    So cute! Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous and showcase this colorful city beautifully! It’s definitely inspired me to visit 🙂

  • Reply Marissa | Marissa's Teachable Moments February 24, 2018 at 11:20 am

    So colorful!! I’m still bummed I didn’t make it to Burano. Your photos look amazing!

    • Reply This Darling World February 24, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      Thank you!! I didn’t make it the first two times I visited Venice either, third time’s a charm haha. Just another reason to go back 😉

  • Reply Chirasree Banerjee February 24, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Love love love these gorgeous photos! I have to visit this place! You gave me a mega dose of wanderlust!

    • Reply This Darling World February 24, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks so much Chirasree!! I’m happy to hear 🙂 I’m positive you’ll love it!

  • Reply Ketki February 24, 2018 at 11:09 am

    I love Burano for all the Instagram opportunity it provides. Lol! No but seriously it is so cute. I would love to settle down here for a few month may be.

    • Reply This Darling World February 24, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Hahahaa I love it for the same reasons!! The gelato sure helps as well. I’d love to retire there!

  • Reply Caroline February 24, 2018 at 10:36 am

    I am absolutely DYING to go to Burano! I’ve seen photos all over Instagram and have always been drawn to all those bright colors! This post is making me want to go ASAP 🙂 It sounds like such a fun place to visit!

    • Reply This Darling World February 24, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      The colors are inspiring, I hope you make it out soon it’s definitely worth a second trip 🙂

  • Reply kylieuk February 24, 2018 at 10:14 am

    It looks like such a fun place to visit! I’d little be taking a picture of every building haha! I love all of your photos!

    • Reply This Darling World February 24, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      Thank you 🙂 That’s basically what I did! Haha!! It was so hard to narrow it down for this post.

  • Reply inbetweenpics February 24, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Posted too soon haha love the colorful houses! I haven’t been yet but maybe next time I’m in Italy! I need to visit Venice too 🙈

    • Reply This Darling World February 24, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      You need to make it out gf, it’s some kind of magic there!

  • Reply inbetweenpics February 24, 2018 at 10:08 am

    It’s so colorful!

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