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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 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.

A novelty are also the tour of Burano, Murano and Venice starting from Punta Sabbioni and the daily excursion to Venice and its islands starting from Jesolo Lido.

In short, if you want to visit Murano and Burano, as well as Torcello and Venice, without sacrificing comfort, seating, explanation on board .... book online the boat trip that's right for you.

Choose the visit to the islands that you prefer, by pressing the button below to have access to our online catalog.

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.

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 operators.

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.

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.