“Where’s your favourite place in the world?”
Whenever I get asked that dreaded question, time and time again, my mind heads immediately to Burano, Italy… aka where postcard dreams come alive.
For those of you that aren’t familiar, Burano, Italy is one of the most colourful places in the world. Known for its wonderfully vibrant houses, this town is a real life rainbow happyland located about 40 minutes away from Venice. Originally, these bright colours were meant to guide fishermen home through thick fog, but today it serves as a sizzling photographer and tourist magnet. There are some places in the world that are just as vibrant and beautiful as postcards suggest, and trust me, Burano is one of them.
This little gem of a town is an easy trip from Venice and is a place that I think everyone should visit in their lifetime. Have I convinced you? Here’s everything you need to know about your own trip to Burano!
Getting to Burano from Venice
The most cost effective option is to take the Vaporetto Line 12 leaving from Venice Fondamente Nove. The cost of a one-way trip is 7 euros, so it will likely be worth it for you to buy the 20 euro day pass, which gives you vaporetto access for 24 hours. This vaporetto will take you straight there (through Murano) and the overall journey takes about 40 minutes. Try to snag an outdoor seat if you can, because the views you get of the lagoon are splendid.
Of course, for a less stressful option, you can book a tour that brings you straight there. Here are some options from Viator!
Getting from Burano to Venice
Getting home is just as easy as the way you came. Climb onto the #12 Vaporetto at the same stop that you got off and enjoy the rest of your time in Venice!
What to do in Burano
Truth be told, Burano, while totally gorgeous, doesn’t have that much to offer in terms of sights and activities. At the end of the day, it’s still a small fishing village, so don’t come here expecting an abundance of attractions or a buzzing nightlife. What it does offer though is a quiet sense of charm and an absolutely darling atmosphere. Here’s a few things to occupy your time during your visit:
Lace demonstrations and shops
Burano is known for its lace, which has been produced there since the 16th century. It should come as no surprise then that you’ll find countless boutiques (and even a Lace Museum) dedicated to lacey goods. If you’re lucky, some of the lacemakers might even be present to chat about the process or offer a demo.
Food isn’t super cheap in Burano, but then again, it isn’t cheap in Venice either… and while this town isn’t necessarily known for outstanding cuisine, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes for those feeling peckish. Plus, if the weather is cooperating, why not grab a quick patio bite and soak in the rainbows all around you?
Wander and explore
Let’s be real – it’s pretty impossible to walk around this town without getting distracted. Every side street and alleyway (no matter how small) beckons you with its bright colours and palette. That’s why you should take advantage of the fact that this is a tiny town and explore a bit! It’s quite fun to meander into the little streets and get a glimpse at the locals going about their daily lives (they’re very nonchalant about the whole rainbow town thing).
This is a no brainer. Burano is a supremely photogenic town that is meant to be photographed. Be shameless, bust out the selfie stick, strike a crazy pose, do whatever… because you’re in the most colourful place in the world and you are totally allowed to go a little photo-crazy.
If you have a few days in Venice, I highly encourage you to make a trip to Burano. My first time there, I must have giggled for the entirety of my visit. The positive energy it emanates is simply contagious, but I suppose you’ll have to see for yourself what I mean!
So, what’s the most colourful place you’ve ever been to? Let me know in the comments!
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