bussola and essi typical cookies of burano

The Bussolà Buranello

The bussolà of Burano is a typical donut-shaped cake of the island, also known by the name of buranelli. There is also a variation of these cookies having a "S" shape, because of its form they are called Burano's essi (plural) or Burano's esse (singular).

The sweet has a composition rich in nutrients, such as eggs, flour, sugar and butter which, after have been cooked, have a long durability.
So this is a healthy food, made with natural ingredients and free from harmful to health oils or fats, such as palm oil, often present in industrial biscuits and sweets.

In the past these Burano's cookies were prepared by the wives of the fishermen, when they were moving away from home to go fishing, for long periods of time.
In the event that the sailors couldn't have a good nutrition, the bussolà arranged to give them all the energies sufficient to deal with the sea life.

It is also said that the bussolà buranello, flavored with vanilla, rum or lemon, was used to scent the linen into the drawers.

In addition to the above uses, the bussolà was and is still prepared in case of festivities such as the Easter: indeed it can be said that the bussolà is the Easter sweet of Burano.

It's tradition of Burano that the ladies, a few days before Easter, rent the ovens of the island's bakeries or pastries for a few hours, cooking the dough for their bussolà of Easter.

Countless are the sweets and cookies of Burano that are made with the classic dough of bussolà buranello: strudel, cakes, sticks flavored with limoncello or fragolino, baskets stuffed with cream, coconut stuffed bussolà, bussolà with chocolate chips and many other dolcetti to taste.

The Bussolà Buranello's Recipe

The staff of isoladiburano.it proposes the classical recipe of Burano's Bussolà which can be intended also as the Burano's Esse recipe:

Ingredients of Bussolà Buranello

  • 1 Kg of flour
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 600 gr of sugar
  • 300 gr of butter
  • vanillin
  • rum

Preparation of Burano's Bussolà

Assemble the egg yolks with the sugar, adding butter, flour and spices. Mix all the ingredients quickly so that the sugar does not emerge during cooking.

Arrange the cakes of the desired shape in a baking pan and bake for about 20 minutes in a oven preheated at 180 degrees.

The cooking time depends on the size of your cookies, but it's a good pratice to churn them out just when they have become golden.

Of course any bakery or pastry, as well as the ladies of the Burano, have their own secrets that make the cookies unique and difficult to imitate. So please don't despair if your homemade "essi" or "bussolà" are not as good as the ones you tasted or purchased in Burano.

Where to buy the Bussolà of Burano

Panificio Pasticceria Palmisano Carmelina

Panificio Pasticceria Palmisano Carmelina

The Carmelina Palmisano's Bakery and Pastry is renowned for its Burano's cookies and Venetian confectionery: bussolà and essi buranelli, zaletti, fragolini and peverini.

Panificio Pasticceria Garbo

Panificio Pasticceria Garbo

At Garbo's bakery you will find all typical sweets of Burano and Venice, made following the most ancient recipes.

Panificio Pasticceria Costantini

Panificio Pasticceria Costantini

At Costantini's, in the heart of Burano, you will be able to taste the typical bussolà, essi, pevarini, zaletti, almond or nut toffees and high quality pastry.

Burano Tours and Venice Tours

Boat tours to Burano Murano Torcello Venezia

Boat Excursion to Murano, Burano and Torcello

Duration: about 4 hours

Period: available all year!

This fascinating boat trip in Venice islands offers you a Murano, Burano and Torcello half-day sightseeing tour without taking too much time away from visiting Venice: this Venice lagoon trip has, in fact, a total duration of four hours and includes short stops on all three islands. A pleasant and economical way to make a trip to Burano, Murano and Torcello, departing from the central San Marco Square. For your Burano tour's reservation, please click on the button below.


Boat Trip to Murano and Burano

Duration: about 4/41/2 hours

Period: from 1st April to 31st October

This boat trip in the lagoon will allow you to concentrate the 4 hours at your disposal to visit Murano and Burano, the two most famous islands of Venice. The stops on the islands will be about an hour in Murano, where you can admire the glass working in a glass factory and an hour and a half in Burano, where you can visit a typical lace shop. The guided tours to these places will still optional and you can choose how to manage your visit to the islands. Also this tour departs from Piazza San Marco.


And if you prefer the same excursion, but having lunch in Burano:


Murano and Burano Half-Day Glass and Lace Tour

Duration: 5 hours

A tour to discover the Burano's lace-making and the Murano's glass blowing traditions on a leisurely 5-hour tour starting from Venice. Head into the Venetian lagoon to watch glass and lace-making demonstrations, with options to buy items at a discount.


Discover Burano's Secret Corners

Duration: 45 minutes

A tour to visit Burano with a tourist guide who will accompany you to the most beautiful spots. Thanks to this guided tour in Burano, you can admire both the famous corners of the island and its hidden corners that only local people know.


An alternative option of this tour is the half-day excursion to Burano and San Francesco del Deserto.


These tours start from the island of Burano, so you need to reach the scene with the line 12 ACTV water bus.


Gondola Tours in Venice

Duration: variuos

In our section about the gondola tours in Venice, you can book the gondola ride you like directly online, starting from 31,00 €. If you are looking for a romantic evening in Venice and unforgettable, we recommend you the Venice Redentore in private gondola, the Historical Regatta in private gondola, or the gondola serenade.


Week end in Venice

Plan your weekend in Venice: take a ride in our section dedicated to museums, events, tours, attractions and hotels in Venice and lagoon islands.
Compose online your holiday package in Venice, adding to cart individual services and booking them all at once!

All these services are offered by a venetian tour operator.

Local Handicrafts

Murano glass shop

New Arte Fuga - Lume Glass Factory

Via Giudecca, 132 - 30142 Burano (Venice Italy)

The New Arte Fuga shop in Burano, which is also a small glass factory, offers exclusively original Murano glass objects of its own manufacture.

Inside this shop it's possible to enjoy for free the "glass lume processing", typical of the area around Murano.

Download the coupon for "New Arte Fuga" by clicking on the button below: showing it in the shop you will be entitled to a discount or a freebie.

Burano Accommodation

Laguna Blu Bed and Breakfast in Burano

Burano Bed and Breakfast

Calle Daffan, 379 - 30142 Burano

Book your room in Burano, in the heart of the Venice Lagoon. Stay directly in the quiet Piazza Baldassare Galuppi of Burano.

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