Things to do in Burano

Burano is just a boat ride away from Venice Central. Burano Island is a photographer’s dream with its numerous canals, bridges and brightly coloured homes. Going to Burano was the top thing I wanted to do in Venice. The houses reminded me of the Bo-Kaap in Cape Town. As a Capetonian, it felt like being at home. Burano Island is far less crowded than Venice Central. I explored Burano for a few hours. It’s ideally suited for a quick visit or day trip.

Fish and Chips

Burano’s fish and chips were salty, crunchy and appetizing. There’s a fish and chips dish which has bread as a plate. You can eat everything the plate included. The store also sells prawns, calamari and other seafood.  It’s close to the ACTV ferry shop.

Burano Italy Venice




Burano has a long history of producing Venetian lace. The lace which is produced on the island is exquisite. It has an antique look. You will find various shops selling lace products and swatches of lace. Martina Vidal is one of the more upscale shops which sell different lace items and linen products.


AddressVia San Mauro 309 Isola di Burano Flagship, Store, 30142 Venezia VE, Italy


Tuesday 9:30AM–6PM
Wednesday 9:30AM–6PM

(All Saints’ Day)

Hours might differ
Friday 9:30AM–6PM
Saturday 9:30AM–6PM
Sunday 9:30AM–6PM
Monday 9:30AM–6PM


Martina Vidal Venice
Martina Vidal Venice



I bought myself a ring which I have since lost. Murano Island is known for creating phenomenal glass products. This glass making has spread to other Venetian islands including Burano. My ring was made out of glass. I will have to return to buy another one. I got a magnet which is on my fridge, my advice is to walk around and find shops which aren’t located in busy streets. That way you will find items which are cheaper.


San Martino Church

The steeple of  San Martino  Church seems to be slanting to the one side. The church is amongst the colourful house and the steeple stands in contrast to the surroundings. It was built in the 16th century. The church stands at the right-hand side of the Piazza Galuppi. Every year on the 11th of November children sing a song dedicated to the saint. They then get sweet biscuits. To read more about the tradition go to:

AddressPiazza Baldassarre Galuppi, 20, 30142 Venezia VE, Italy


Piazza Galuppi

The Square has lots of shops selling postcards, fish and other items. It’s relatively large and it wasn’t crowded when I visited. Piazza Galuppi was named after Baldassare Galuppi who was an 18th-century Italian composer, born on the island of Burano. His contemporaries included Bach amongst others. He received international acclaim and spent time composing in Vienna, London, and Saint Petersburg. A statue of Galuppi stands in the square to honor his achievements.



The lace museum (Museo del Merletto)

Lace plays a pivotal part in the economy of Burano. A museum which details the history of lace in Burano stands opposite from the Town Hall. The museum opens at 10:00 am and closes at 6:00 pm the last admission is at 5:30pm.  The standard ticket price is only €5. To read more follow the link:


la Casa di Bepi Suá

This house stands out from the rest of the houses on the island. The geometric shapes are unique as the other houses are colorful but, don’t have patterns on them.  It’s a good photo spot which I only found out about after my trip. The house used to be home to a Venitian who ran a cinema for the children of the island. The house is just around the corner from

Burano's most famous house
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How to get there

From Venice central, you will have to take the Vaporetto to Burano. There’s a Vaporetto line you should take is 12. The big express ferry sails from the San Zaccaria stop of Venice it’s close to St. Marks. This is the line I took. There’s also another stop at Fondamete Nove, a stop in Venice.  Buy the all day ticket which lasts for 12 hours. It costs 20 euros last time I checked. The trip one way is 7 Euros so it better to buy an all-day pass. That way you can go to other islands and save.


How long does it take to get there?

The trip takes 40 minutes which gives you enough time to walk around Burano.


Is a day enough time to spend in Burano?

Yes, it’s too beautiful to miss and a few hours or a day is enough time. Burano doesn’t have many sights to see. It’s about bright colours.  Things at Burano Island are also cheaper than in Venice central. You can get less expensive souvenirs in Burano. It’s also less crowded. Overall I’m really happy that I got to see Burano Island.


What do you think of Burano? do let me know.  Thank you for reading. If you feel like commenting go ahead. I would love to hear from you.

Happy travels!

xxx Nikki xxx