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Legends about Burano

The Patron Saints of Burano.

In the year 1000 some men of Burano found a floating big marble coffin. It is narrated that it was coming from “Magonza” passing throught the Sant’Erasmo’s harbour. Not even the most strong men of the island can fish out of water this miraculous object: only four children were able to do this, thanks to their cleanness.

The coffin was housing the corpses of St. Albano, St. Domenico and St. Orso and a small wine barrel also named the “Bottazzo di S. Albano”. From that moment on the three memorabilias, in conjunction with Santa Barbara’s one, became the patron saint of Burano.

The retrieval of this coffin aroused the envy of Muranesi (the inhabitants of Murano, the near island) because they thought that it had some “miraculous powers”. So they stole the small wine barrel, but it had not any special effect in their island; today the “bottazzo” is in San Donato’s Church in Murano and it’s impressed upon the stone.

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St. Albano's Arm.

Initially St. Albano’s memorabilia was made of gold, but beacuse of the cost of venetian petilence, it was fused and replaced with a copper one which, tarnishing, became brownish and was called “brasso de pègoa” (pitched arm): by this name Murano and Venice’s inhabitants mocked Burano’s ones.

Wise old men of the island have another version of this legend. As a matter of fact it seems that long ago a jeweller went ashore and he proposed to buranelli, wedded to their patron saints, to give him all their own gold to fuse it and create an arm in honor of St. Albano. The inhabitants of Burano willingly accepted this proposal and the work was made. When Summer arrived, from the sculpture began to ooze a dark matter; so the buranelli understood to have been mocked, because the arm was not made fully of gold, but inside of it there was only pitch. In the meanwhile the jeweller was runned away and the buranelli became the laughing stock of the other near islands' inhabitants.

The Legend of 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.

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.


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.


The tour takes place entirely on 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.

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:

Murano Palace

Fondamenta Vetrai 77, Murano

Offering fast links to Venice and the whole lagoon, Murano Palace overlooks the Rio dei Vetrai canal, in Murano. Near prestigious glass-makers atelier...

Al Soffiador

Al Soffiador 2 Stars Murano

Viale Bressagio 11, Murano

Al Soffiador is located ion the island of Murano in the Venitian Lagiuna. Each room here will provide you with a TV and air conditioning. Featuring a ...

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