WHAT TO DO IN BURANO – THE BEST DAY TRIP FROM VENICE
Are you planning your Burano trip and wondering about the best things to do in Burano in one day?
Then this post is for you – find out how to plan a day trip from Venice to Burano (because this is how most people visit) and what to do on the most colorful island in the world.
When I visited Venice for the first time, probably ten years ago, I was not even aware of a place called Burano. Burano what? It seemed there is so much to see and do in Venice that there is no need to do a day trip to another island (at least, if you only stay in Venice for one, two, or three days).
However, in the last few years, Burano has become incredibly popular, and it has been named the “most colorful place in the world.“
As a big lover of everything colorful, I immediately added it to my Venice itinerary, and so I finally went… and fell in love. Head over heels in love.
Burano is prettier and even MORE colorful than I ever imagined.
If you are in Venice for two days, make sure to plan in at least four or five hours for a trip to this tiny island called Burano because it is worth the hype.
However, questions like “what to do in Burano” or “things to do in Burano” are legitimate. Because, while Burano is overly unique, there are not many “must-do activities.”
This will probably be one of the shortest posts I have on my blog, but there is not that much to say about it, and there are not that many things to do in Burano. Yes, you can spend a few hours here, but there isn’t particularly that much to do.
Pictures speak more than words, but here is some travel information before flooding this post with stunning images.
TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR ONE DAY IN BURANO
Before talking about the pretty, pretty houses and the best things to do in Burano, here is some info for your day trip:
How to Get there from Venice
By water taxi (Vaporetto). Take the No. 12 water taxi from the Fondamente Nove water taxi station (about 1 km from Rialto Bridge) to Burano.
WHAT TICKETS DO I BUY FOR A DAY TRIP TO BURANO?
A: TWO SINGLE TICKETS
- If you are really on a budget, you could buy two single tickets for the water taxi from Venice (unfortunately, there is no cheaper option available, as I consider swimming there not to be a real option).
- Each ticket is valid for 75 minutes (a ride takes about 40 minutes) and costs 7.50€ each.
B: 24-HOUR OR 48-HOUR PASS
- A 24-hour pass (or even a 48-hour pass) is probably the best option. You can use water taxis in Venice as well and get around. Also, you could consider getting off in Murano, another interesting island between Burano and Venice, and continuing your journey to Burano later.
- A ticket for 24 hours costs about 20€ (and is also valid for buses around Venice). A 48-hour ticket costs about 30€.
- You can buy the tickets at the ticket shops or even kiosks in and close to Venice.
- You can also book a (guided) tour for about 20€ (prices vary slightly but are similar to a 24-hour ticket). You can book your tour here.
Where to Stay in Burano
Burano has few hotels you can stay at. If you decide to stay on this island, you have one significant advantage over many other day tourists. You enjoy the island with locals before the other tourists (PLUS you can take pictures without many others in it):
Food / Where to Eat
Burano is no cheaper than Venice; prices are similar. There are many restaurants and cafes, but you can just have a drink there and bring your snacks.
Take your water bottle to refill. There are a few water fountains that provide fresh water.
There is also a small supermarket just next to the canal where you could buy food.
Why is Burano so Colorful?
Burano was not created to please our Instagram feeds or our eyes – even though pleasing our eyes is a very positive side effect.
Smart people came up with the idea of painting the houses in the most beautiful and bright colors available because the fishermen (Burano was a fishing island) came home late and had trouble finding their homes. So, with different colors, it was much easier to know where to moor the boats.
Now, enough talking. Since there are not many activities or things to do, here are some images that will hopefully inspire you to add Burano to your Venice itinerary.
ONE DAY IN BURANO – THINGS TO DO AND SEE
Though I like to call this post a “Burano itinerary,” it is not an actual itinerary because there isn’t a real tip for sightseeing, and – as mentioned at the beginning – there are not that many top things to do in Burano.
It is a perfect place to visit near Venice, but you might not need more than half a day or max. a full day to get from Venice to Burano (and back) and explore the island.
I recommend planning in a few hours and just getting lost. You will stumble upon so many pretty houses (or as it is called nowadays “Instagram-worthy places) that it is fun to stroll the island. The colorful houses are mostly square-shaped and divided into two or three floors.
It seemed the locals didn’t mind us visitors taking pictures of their houses. But keep in mind it is private property and respect their privacy (so no look through windows etc.)
Lacemaking in Burano is the main craftsmanship attraction, so this is also why you will see many cute items with lace (like umbrellas). There is even a lace museum you can visit.
What you can also see in Burano is the “lume glassworking” which is a technique born in the nearby island of Murano and done in Burano.
There are a few iconic houses, which you can see in the pictures if you scroll below. They are worth visiting, but in general, I don’t recommend walking the island with your phone (aka GPS) to find certain houses. Of course, visit the market square and see the leaning bell tower.
I could have added tons of more pictures, but I did not want to overdo it. I hope you can convince yourself about the most “colorful place in the world.”
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