maddalena street in mazzorbo


Mazzorbo is a nice island located right next to Burano, and linked to the majour island by a wooden bridge called by the locals "Ponte Longo" (long bridge). Considered by the most a natural prosecution of Burano, this small island near Venice is often neglected by the tourists, whose eyes are immediately captured by the bright colours of Burano, and the stature of the other islands of Torcello and San Francesco del Deserto.

But Mazzorbo is rich in history and beauty. It's main richness is for sure the agricolture: here on the island you can find hundreds of artichoke fields, as well as vineyards and fruit trees.

Another important tradition of this island is the wine. To discover the agricultural traditions we suggest you take a walk on the Venissa Estate, famous for its grape vineyard Dorona: a Venetian autochthonous grape recovered by Bisol family.

Inside the estate there are also nine gardens cultivated by local seniors, who supply the Osteria Contemporanea and the Venissa Restaurant. The latter has been awarded with a Michelin star.

Even if on the island live just 350 persons, plus some tourists during the summer, its importance for the neighbour population is vital. On the island in fact is situated a modern sporting center, a playground for the kids and the local cemetery, all easily reachable from Burano and Torcello.

The estate can be visited free of charge. An excellent idea is to get off at the Mazzorbo stop and reach Burano by crossing the vineyard (5 minutes on foot).

If you're planning to visit Mazzorbo, read our guide on how to get to Burano island, which is also valid for Mazzorbo. Otherwise, keep reading.

Every summer here is held also a country fayre, in the churchyard of Santa Caterina's Monastery, where to taste delicious local dishes such as "Luganega e Costesine" (sausages and ribs), "roasted Polenta", together with a glass of good local red wine. Music and games and lucky dip are successfully organized, for both locals and tourists.

History of Mazzorbo

Formerly called Maiurbium (from the latin Magna Urbs, Majour Town), the island of Mazzorbo had an important commercial function in the past. Founded as well at the moment of the Barbarian Invasions (640 A.C.), it took economical and social advantage from its proximity to Torcello, called at that time "Emporium Mega" (great emporium), main spot of the lagoon.

The importance of the island increased enormousely until the 10th century, when the headquarters of the Economical and Social power were transferred from Torcello to Venice Island.

Century by century the ancient glory of Mazzorbo kept fading away, but still remained a holiday location for the Venetian noble society.

Nowadays we proudly treasure the very few ruins of that golden age, such as the beautiful Santa Caterina Monastery, built in 1283 and still conserving the most ancient bell of the whole lagoon, which dates back to 1318.


Even if with the name "Mazzorbetto" the locals intend a green garden located in Burano, next to the vaporetto stop, Mazzorbetto in reality is the name of another island, very beautiful but unknown, situated on the opposite side of the Mazzorbo's Canal (the one that you will cross with the vaporetto coming from Venice to Burano). Here, together with fields and private houses, you will still find the gothic villa once property of Giacomo Casanova.

Getting to Mazzorbo

For information on how to get to Mazzorbo you should visit the page "how to get to Burano". Infact the route to reach Mazzorbo from Venice, Murano, Treporti, Punta Sabbioni or Venice Lido is the same that you undertake to visit Burano.

Boat Excursion to Mazzorbo

Currently there isn't any excursion to Mazzorbo island, as it is easily reachable on foot from Burano Island. But a few steps from Mazzorbo you can go for a boat excusion to San Francesco island, an oasis of peace and tranquility inhabited exclusively by monks.

Mazzorbo Accommodation

We hope to please suggesting some facilities such as hotels, inns and bed & breakfast in Mazzorbo in order to help you find accommodation or rooms in Mazzorbo or nearby. Try out our Mazzorbo accommodation deals finder.

Bed and Breakfast Laguna Blu Burano

Laguna Blu

Calle Daffan, 379

Location: Burano

Book your room in Burano, in the heart of the Venice Lagoon. Stay directly in the quiet Piazza Baldassare Galuppi of Burano.

Laguna Blu, online reservation: you can book your room at the Bed and Breakfast "Laguna Blu" by clicking on its name and visiting its own page.

Bed and Breakfast Venissa Wine Resort Mazzorbo

Venissa Wine Resort

Fondamenta Santa Caterina, 3

Location: Mazzorbo

The Venissa Wine Resort is located in Mazzorbo island, in the former mansion of a typical Venetian estate, surrounded by a walled vineyard of Dorona's grapes.

Venissa Wine Resort, online reservation: you can book your room at the Bed and Breakfast "Venissa Wine Resort" by clicking on its name and visiting its own page.

Eating out in Mazzorbo

Any suggestions about where eating out can never do harm, too. We tried to make a selection of the best restaurants, pizzerias and wine bars typical of Mazzorbo

Osteria Contemporanea Mazzorbo

Osteria Contemporanea

At the Osteria Contemporanea (ex Via della Vigna Winebar) in Mazzorbo you can read a book while tasting a good glass of wine with in-season vegetables and freshly caught fish.

Location: Mazzorbo

Osteria Contemporanea, online reservation: you can make your reservation by clicking on the name "Osteria Contemporanea" and visiting its own page.

Venissa Mazzorbo


The Venissa Restaurant in Mazzorbo, Michelin-starred, is the ideal place to discover the dishes that tell the history of the Venice's islands.

Location: Mazzorbo

Venissa, online reservation: you can make your reservation by clicking on the name "Venissa" and visiting its own page.

Trattoria Alla Maddalena Mazzorbo

Trattoria Alla Maddalena

Trattoria Alla Maddalena is located a short walk from the Mazzorbo's ferry stop. Here you can savor fish, game and the first fruits of the season, as the castraura of Mazzorbo.

Location: Mazzorbo

Trattoria Alla Maddalena, online reservation: you can make your reservation by clicking on the name "Trattoria Alla Maddalena" and visiting its own page.

Where to buy local handicraft products around Mazzorbo

In the globalized market has become very difficult to buy local crafts in places that you go to visit. Let us, therefore, to suggest the reliable shops where you can buy the authentic pieces and not imported.

New Arte Fuga Burano

New Arte Fuga

Location: Burano

The New Arte Fuga shop in Burano offers exclusively original Murano glass objects of its own manufacture.

New Arte Fuga, buy online: you can send your enquiry to "New Arte Fuga" by clicking on its name and visiting its own page.

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.

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.

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.

Venice Hotels

holiday lettings homes and apartments in burano

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?