original burano lace

Burano Lace

The Legend of Burano Lace

One of the most famous legends about Burano narrates that an ancient betrothed fisherman, while he was fishing outside the lagoon, in the east sea, hold up to a siren who tried to entice him by her canto. So he received a gift from sirens' queen, enchanted by his faithfulness: the siren thumped the side of the boat by her tall, creating a foam from which a wedding veil developed.

Came back home opportune in the day of marriage, he gave the gift to his fiancée. She was admired and envied from all the young ladies of the island, whereupon they begin to imitate the lace of the wedding veil employing needle-and-thread more and more thin, hoping to create a even more beautiful lace for their wedding dresses.

The Lace of Burano

The first laces date back to 1500 and initially their workmanship taked place in posh houses, employing needle-and-thread without a canvass as prop. Here the "punto in aria" combined with geometrical designs, flowers, animals, and spirals took place.

In the '600 it began to embroider using "punto a crocette", worked by small flying flowers and the "punto controtagliato", used for large and in relief billows in necklines. Soon these embroideries spread in Europe and Burano’s lacemakers were invited even in France to start an important lace production.

France became a terrible contender for the lacemakers of the island, even if it was unable to produce embroideries as refined as Burano’s ones.

Principally the lace workmanship was taking place inside the "Scuola Merletti" (Lace School). Today noteworthy works are exposed in a historical building located in the square of Burano, the Lace Museum.

Unfortunately, after the decline of the Serenissima Republic, lace workmanship fell down.
At the end of the 19th century, thanks to the propaganda of Ms Cencia Scarpariola (a well-known lacemaker of Burano whose name was assigned to a street in the island), a new lace age began and new stitches were introduced, so that the embroideries became out-and-out artworks.

The Lace Museum of Burano

In 1978 the public administrations of Venice composed by the Town Council, the Provincial Authorities, the Chamber of Commerce and the Tourist Boards joined together with the Andriana Marcello Foundation in a "Burano Lace Consortium".

This was the beginning of a campaign to revive and re-evaluate the art of the Burano's lace: the archives of the old School, full of important documents and drawings, were re-ordered and catalogued.
The building was restructured and transformed into an exhibition site. This was the beginning of the Burano Lace Museum.

The museum is located in a historical building in the Burano's Piazza Galuppi, seat of the famous Burano Lace School from 1872 to 1970.

Rare and precious pieces offer a complete overview of the history and artistry of the Venetian and lagoon's laces, from its origins to the present day are on display, in a picturesque setting decorated in the typical colors of the island.

Tickets for the Lace Museum Burano can also be bought online at this page: Burano Lace Museum tickets.

Burano Lace Making.

For the creation of a lace more than five steps were necessary, which are still now made by five persons. Every lacemaker was assigned to the step which she was good at (even if she knew all the stitches), so that the work was as profitable as possible, since that it was a piecework.

There was ladies responsible for the designs, others for the neckline, i.e. the step in which the lace design is fixed on the fabric and paper layers; it acted as woof on which the first lacemaker, after the fabric was attached to the lace pillow, performed the "ghipur" or "punto Burano" (the stitch of Burano) on the whole drawing. Then the other lacemakers carried out the "sbarri", the "punto rete" and in the end the relief which emphasized the trim size. As latest thing the lace was pinched from the paper cutting all the seams and all the superfluous yarns were accurately removed by tweezers.

In the first years of '900, the lace was made by a smaller number of ladies than in the 16th century, because the young girls found work in "Muranos conterie" and in small venetian sartorial labs, where they gained more money.

Burano Tours and Venice Tours

Boat tours to Burano Murano Torcello Venezia

Boat Excursion to Murano, Burano and Torcello

Duration: about 4 hours

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.

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.

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.

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Burano Accommodation

Laguna Blu Bed and Breakfast 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.

Murano hotels

Looking for a hotel in Murano to stay in the lagoon of Venice and around Burano? Please take a look at the page "Murano hotels". You will find about 7 hotels in Murano! Here are some:

Hotel Conterie

Hotel Conterie 3 Stars Murano

Calle Conterie 21, Murano

Hotel Conterie is set in the heart of Murano, right by the Murano Museo water bus stop, just a short ride from Venice. The Marco Polo Airport is just ...

Ca'Mazzega

Fondamenta Sebastiano Venier 30, Murano

Just 15 metres from the Venier vaporetto waterbus stop on Murano Island, Ca’Mazzega offers elegant apartments with canal views and a fully equipped ki...