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).
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.
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.
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Calle Daffan, 379
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.
Venissa Wine Resort
Fondamenta Santa Caterina, 3
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
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.
Osteria Contemporanea, online reservation: you can make your reservation by clicking on the name "Osteria Contemporanea" and visiting its own page.
The Venissa Restaurant in Mazzorbo, Michelin-starred, is the ideal place to discover the dishes that tell the history of the Venice's islands.
Venissa, online reservation: you can make your reservation by clicking on the name "Venissa" and visiting its own page.
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.
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
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.