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Baldassare Galuppi

Baldassare Galuppi (Burano 1706 - Venice 1785), called "Il Buranello", is one of the major Italian composers of his time, noted for his operas, and particularly opera buffa.

He first led into music thanks to his father, a skilled barber, that used to beautifully play violin at leisure.

The Life

At the age of sixteen, Galuppi was employed as organist in many churches of the Venetian city center. It was during one of these occasions that the young musician dared to play in public his first opera buffa "La fede nell'incostanza" (The hope of changeableness), a spectacular failure, with Galuppi hissed off the stage. Desperate after this bad performance, he almost decided to abandon music and follow his father footprints becoming a barber. The chance to meet the famous composer Antonio Lotti changed his life, and soon Galuppi became his pupil.

Three years after Baldassare was again on the scene. This time, his new attempt "Libretto della Dorinda" was a success and launched his great carreer.

In 1748 he became maestro di cappella at San Mark's Cathedral, considered the Venetian top musical post. He lived and worked in Venice for most of his life, though he spent a few years in London, working for the Royal Theatre and in St. Petersurg working for Catherine II the Great.

He finally returned to Venice in 1768, still composing for the theatre and the Church.

By the time of his death, at the age of 79 in Venice, the city that most gave him victories and defeats, Galuppi was one of the best-known and most respected figures in the Venetian musical establishment.

In a sign of trust and gratitude to his great ancestor, the Island of Burano decided to dedicate the main square to Baldassare Galuppi, erecting a monument in his honor, made by another Buranello, the sculptor Remigio Barbaro.

The Operas

Among Galuppi's works we mention:

La Fede nell'Incostanza - Ossia gli Amici Rivali (1722), Dorinda (1729), Odio Placato (1730), Argenide (1733), L'Ambizione Depressa (1735), Elisa Regina di Tiro (1736), La Ninfa di Apollo (1736), Tamiri (1736), Ergilda (1736), Alvilda (1737), Gustavo I, Re di Svevia (1740), Aronte, Re de' Sciiti (1740), Berenice (1741), Madama Ciana (1744), L'Ambizione Delusa (1744), La Libertà Nociva (1744), Forze d'Amore (1745), Scipione nelle Spagne (1746), L'Olimpiade (1747), Arminio (1747), Arcadia in Brento (1749), Il Page della Cuccagna (1750), Arcifanfano, Re dei Matti (1750), Alcimena, Principessa dell'Isole Fortunate (1750), Il Mondo della Luna (1750), La Mascherata (1751), Ermelinda (1752), Il Mondo alla Rovescia (1752), Il Conte Caramela (1752), Le Virtuose Ridicole (1752), Calamità de' Cuori (1752), I Bagni di Abono (1753), Il Filosofo di Campagna (1754), Antigona (1754), Il Povero Superbo (1754), Alessandro nell'Indie (1755), La Diavolessa (1755), Nozze di Paride (1756), Le Nozze (1756), Sesostri (1757), La Partenza e il Ritorno de' Marinari (1757), Adriano in Siria (1760), L'Amante di Tutte (1761), Artaserse (1761), I Tre Amanti Ridicoli (1761), Ipermestra (1761), Antigono (1762), Il Marchese Villano (1762), Viriate (1762), L'Uomo Femina (1762), Il Puntiglio Amoroso (1763), Il Re alla Caccia (1763), Cajo Mario (1764), La Donna di Governo (1764), La Fornace di Babilonia, Debbora profetessa, Moyses de Sinai Reversus

Burano Tours and Venice Tours

Boat tours to Burano Murano Torcello Venezia

Boat Excursions to Murano, Burano and Torcello

Duration: starting from 4 hours

Period: available all year!

Enjoy a little taste of the timeless atmosphere that you breathe in these places through a convenient and economic boat trip to the islands of the Venice Lagoon.

Departing from Venice, can be complicated for a tourist reaching Murano, Burano and Torcello by public transport, so we thought about comfortable tours of the islands which depart from the Santa Lucia train station in Venice, from Piazza San Marco and, in summer, also from Punta Sabbioni, the end of the Cavallino-Treporti coastline.

In our catalog there are various boat tours options: starting from the classic excursion to Burano, Murano and Torcello, up to the excursion to Murano and Burano with a fish-based lunch in a typical restaurant in Burano.

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Venice Travel Cards

If you are a "DIY tourist", who prefer to move freely without the comfort of our tours, you can get to Burano with the public vaporetto (Line 12). You can skip the line at the ticket offices buying the water bus tickets online.

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.

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Plan your weekend in Venice: take a ride in our section dedicated to museums, events, tours, attractions and hotels in Venice and lagoon islands.
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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.

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Venice Hotels

Hotels in Venice and islands

Hotel diffuso in Burano

San Martino Sinistro 506 – 30142 Burano

Do you want to sleep in one of the colorful houses of Burano? Book your room and discover the most beautiful island in the Venice lagoon.

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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Holiday lettings, homes and apartments in Burano

Would you like to stay in a typical colorful house of Burano, once inhabited by fishermen and lace-makers?

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Eating out in Mazzorbo

Fondamenta Santa Caterina, 3 – 30142 Mazzorbo

A stone's throw from the island of Burano, crossing the long bridge, you reach the Venissa estate: an agricultural paradise open to the public, formed by vegetable gardens, vineyards and two restaurants.