Burano Italy, an island of Venice

Welcome to the Official Website of Burano, the coloured island of lace. Home of big artists like Baldassarre Galuppi and Remigio Barbaro, as well as inspirer of Arte Buranella.

Many international magazines include Burano among the top 10 most colorful cities in the world, although it would be more appropriate to bring it within the first 10 most colorful places in the world or between the 10 most colorful locations in the world.

The Colours of Burano

All visitors of Burano remain intrigued by the many colours of houses that are reflected into the green waters of channels, by the Oblique Bell Tower, by the tranquility and the calmness with which the elderly ladies embroider by their tombolo, while they are laughing and chatting in squares among them. It seems to be in paradise. Children who dart freely with their bicycles, balconies with multicolored flowers, fishermen who put up fresh fish from their traditional boats.

Just gone ashore from actv boat, you will be in a green lawn where a Remigio Barbaro's solemn sculpture is placed. Pursuing the shores you will arrive to center of the Island: Galuppi Square; here neighbourly ladies, invite the most curious visitors to come into their shops to admire the lace working. Then, if you need to refresh yourself, there are a lot of typical "trattoria buranella" where you can eat very fresh and good fish. If your time is short you can opt for a delicious icecream in a bar or a typical Burano's sweet dish (the most famous are the "Bussolà" and the "Esse") in a pastry store, enjoying it until the end of Piazza Galuppi where San Martino Bishop's Church is located: inside, in addition to a lot of important works, there is a famous opera of Gian Battista Tiepolo. Sideways is located the Santa Barbara's Chapel.

Always in the same square there is the "Museo del Merletto" (Lace Museum), the Town Hall, a well made of Istria's stone and the Baldassarre Galuppi's sculpture made by Remigio Barbaro, the well-known sculptor from Burano.

Sideways the church, some stands offer local souvernirs, Murano glass products and venetian masks for a cheap price. Moreover every Wednesday morning here the street market takes place and two minutes far from the center you can take a look at the fish market, where to see the typical venetian lagoon sea-food.

Among Burano's tiny streets there are a lot of "capitelli" (capitals) placed in the calli entrances and, searching for them, surely you will bump into the most famous and coloured house in the island: "la Casa di Bepi Suà" (the house of Joseph Sweaty).

The typical Burano's houses are mainly squared-shaped and are divided into two or three floors. At the low ground there is the kitchen, the breakfast nook and the toilet. At the next floors there are the bedrooms.

The different colours of the houses, which today rappresent the our island main feature, at a previous time was useful to delimit the properties. Notwithstanding an ancient legend narrates that fishermen painted their houses to see them from long distance when they were far away for fishing.

History of Burano

The inhabitants of Altino, escaping from barbarian invasion, find refuge in the islands of lagoon, giving them the names of the six doors of their thrown over city: Murano, Mazzorbo, Burano, Torcello, Ammiana e Costanziaco.

The name "Burano" arise from "Porta Boreana", the northern door of the city.

In these islands the first houses were build on palafittes, with walls made of woven canes and afterwards plastered with mud. They were very light buildings constituted by an unique room, because the ground was too tender. Beds were made of dry leaves.

Later these raw houses were changed with buildings made of bricks and the older ones were used like warehouses.

Some scholar believe that Burano was not risen where it is situated today. In some ancient text is written that the island was situated nearest the sea and that its inhabitants must escape from it because of the strong tidal wave.

Instead in other texts is written which the position of Burano was never changed and which it has saved the island from malaria.

Since the time of Venetian Republic, Burano had only 8000 poor inhabitants (now 3000) predominantly fishermans and farmers. Thanks to the craft of lace workers, the island grew economically, exporting its fantastic laces all over the world.

Today Burano is lotted into five joined by bridge quarters: "San Martino Destro", "San Martino Sinistro", "San Mauro", "Giucecca" and "Terranova", traversed by their mill runs "Rio Ponticello", "Rio Zuecca" and "Rio Terranova".

The last big change was the principal mill run's closing off to build the square, which takes its name from the famous musician Baldassarre Galuppi.

Where is Burano?

Burano is an island in the Northern Venetian Lagoon, 11 Km northeastern far from Murano and Venice, to which it is connected by the Canale Bisatto - Canale Carbonera - Scomenzera San Giacomo's trail: this route from Venice to Burano takes 45 minutes by boat. This island is easily reachable also from Treporti (10 minutes) and Punta Sabbioni (30 minutes), two Cavallino-Treporti's resorts which overlook on the lagoon. Today in Burano there are around 3000 inhabitants.

What are the major activities in Burano?

Once time ago fishing was the main job in Burano, while today is tourism besides retail trade and restaurants. That's why this site is intended as a small tourist guide to Venice and its islands which can help you to find answers to simple questions about Venice Italy as "where in Italy is Venice".

Does handcraft exists in Burano?

Burano is very famous for its lace. However on the island there is a production of venetian masks and many people work in the nearest Murano, creating precoius glass objects. A detailed section about shops will be very useful for you to plan your shopping.

Where can I eat in Burano, Venice and its islands?

Isoladiburano.it set a section in which you can find information about both restaurants and pubs where to snack.

How can I find accommodation in Burano, Venice and its islands?

We offer a section about accommodation which will follow you to choose the fitter resort for your holidays. A lot of hotels in Venice, inns in Venice, bed and breakfasts in Venice and apartments in Venice are available, but also in the nearest places as Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello, Murano, Mestre, Cavallino Treporti, Jesolo and Abano Terme.

Is there a section dedicated to the news about Burano and Venice?

On our blog you can find all the news and event information you need. You can contribute to its growth, too.

IsoladiBurano.it and all the inhabitants of Burano wish you a good navigation ....and they hope that it will become a real holiday in our places.

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Local Handicrafts

Murano glass shop

New Arte Fuga

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.

Venice Islands Tours

Boat tours to Burano Murano Torcello Venezia

Half day excursion to Murano, Burano and Torcello by boat

Duration: about 210 minutes

This fascinating boat trip in Venice 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.

Excursion around the lagoon islands

Duration: about 180 minutes

A fascinating Venice Lagoon boat trip aboard a Bragozzo or Sampierotta, traditional Venetian boats, to discover the most beautiful islands of Venice and give you a few hours immersed in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. Thanks to this unusual tour of the Venetian islands, you will visit some undiscovered corners of Venice: in addition to the famous Murano, Burano and Torcello, the Venetian lagoon welcomes many other islands, each with its own unique charm!

All the tours are organized by a venetian tour operator.

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Venice hotels

Looking for a hotel in Venice to stay in the lagoon of Venice and around Burano? Please take a look at the page "Venice hotels". You will find about 617 hotels in Venice! Here are some:
Sotoportego delle Colonne Venice

Sotoportego delle Colonne


This 2-room apartment is located in Venice, Veneto, Italy. It is located on ground floor. It offers living/sleeping room, kitchenette, bedroom, showe...

Hotel Antiche Figure Venice

Hotel Antiche Figure

Hotel Antiche Figure 2 Stars Venice

S. Croce, 686 - Fond. S. Simeone, Venice

Directly on the famous Grand Canal, Hotel Antiche Figure is in Venice, just across the canal from Venice Station. Decorated in traditional Venetian st...