Burano island of Venice Italy

Welcome to isoladiburano.it the Official Website of Burano, the coloured island of lace. Home of big artists like Baldassarre Galuppi, Remigio Barbaro and Pino Donaggio, 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 and the coloured 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 original Burano lace by their tombolo (or lace pillow), 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 ferry, 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.

Although in lacemaking in Burano is the main craftsmanship attraction, enchanting is also the "lume glass working": a technique born in the nearby island of Murano, but also widespread in the other islands of the Venetian Lagoon. Burano is not an exception to this and it is quite easy to come across some little shops where you can admire this type of Murano glass processing.

If you search for a place to eat like a local, Burano is very famous for its fish dishes, the most famous of which is the "risotto de gò": the broth in which the rice is cooked and creamed is extracted from the "gò" a fish typical of the Venice lagoon, known in English under the name of "goby". The dishes of the Burano's cuisine are served in restaurants, who despite being known from the point of view of the quality of the service, in the kitchen maintain the genuineness of a typical old "trattoria buranella" (a Burano's tavern) and where you can still eat delicious fresh fish.

If your time is short, there are anyway several pizzerias or you can opt for a delicious icecream in a bar or a typical Burano's cookie (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 for a cheap price. Moreover every Wednesday morning not far from the church 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), painted with the use of many colors, divided into geometric shapes.

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.

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. A pleasant and economical way to make a trip to Burano, Murano and Torcello.

The Torcello's Basilica and its secret itineraries

Duration: about 30 minutes

A fascinating guided tour of the Torcello's Basilica to discover its priceless mosaics, treasures and two areas that have remained inaccessible for centuries: the crypt and the sacristy.

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

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 here: showing it in the shop you will be entitled to a discount or a freebie.

Do you like Burano?

Lido of Venice hotels

Looking for a hotel in Lido of Venice to stay in the lagoon of Venice and around Burano? Please take a look at the page "Lido of Venice hotels". You will find about 47 hotels in Lido of Venice! Here are some:
Hotel & Residence Venezia 2000 Lido of Venice

Hotel & Residence Venezia 2000

Hotel & Residence Venezia 2000 2 Stars Lido of Venice

Lungomare G. D'Annunzio 2, Lido of Venice

Venezia 2000 features a panoramic terrace with views of Lido di Venezia and the Adriatic Sea. This beachfront hotel offers free private parking and ro...

Hotel Villa Laguna Lido of Venice

Hotel Villa Laguna

Hotel Villa Laguna 3 Stars Lido of Venice

Via Sandro Gallo, 6, Lido of Venice

Hotel Villa Laguna is set in a historic villa in Lido, right on the lagoon, with enchanting views of St. Mark’s Square. The nearest vaporetto (water b...