This island is famous for its rainbows of brightly coloured houses, originally painted so that fishermen could see them in the fog.

TravelCurious Tip

To get to Burano, take the LN (Laguna Nord) ferry from the Fondamente Nuove stop on Venice's northern shore.

Several miles northeast of Venice lies the small, pretty island of Burano. With less than 3,000 inhabitants, it makes for a relaxing break from the crowds of the main city, and you can wander along at your leisure, admiring the little alleyways and old footbridges that have changed little in the last few centuries.

An Explosion of Colour

The most vivid impression that most of Burano’s visitors take away with them is of one thing – colour. Many of the island’s houses are brightly painted, and you will see blues, reds, yellows, greens and almost any other colour you care to name as you walk through the streets. The origins of this cheery décor are the subject of much speculation; the most popular theory is that, in days gone by, each fisherman would paint his house an unusual colour so that he could identify it when he was working out on the lagoon. The process is rather more official now, and if you want to paint your house these days you need the permission of the local council, who will respond detailing the permitted range of colours.

The Leaning Tower of Burano

Besides the houses, the Church of San Martino is worth a look, although you may need to quell a slight sense of alarm on first seeing the visibly slanted belltower. Inside the church, there is a beautiful painting of the crucifixion by Giambattista Tiepolo. Moving on, you may see craftsmen hard at work making silk – this was historically a major industry for the people of Burano, and its history is documented in the islands lace-making museum.

Nearby Attractions

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Known for its people's mastery in the art of shaping glass, this island is a top attraction of the Venetian Lagoon.
Modern Glassblowing Techniques
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Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo
This historic square is home to an imposing Gothic church and the Scuola Grande di San Marco, as well as an important 15th century equestrian statue.
A historic shipbuilding and military naval dock of Venice.
Giardini Pubblici
A park created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1807, built on top of torn down religious sites
San Pietro di Castello
A sleepy church on the island of San Pietro, once Venice's cathedral from 1451 to 1807

Related Tours

Murano and Burano by Luxury Water Taxi: Private tour from Venice
Explore the beautiful Venetian islands of Murano and Burano, famous for their world-famous glassblowing and handmade lace-making traditions dating back to the 1500s, by luxury water taxi with a private guide

On your private tour you will: 

  • Travel in the comfort of a private Venetian motorboat and enjoy a panoramic boat ride through the magical Venetian Lagoon;
  • Visit Murano's oldest glassmaking factory, where you will meet the master glassblower and his team;
  • See first-hand a glassblowing demonstration of the world's  finest blown glass;
  • Admire the exclusive glass exhibition, normally closed to the public which boasts stunning glass chandelier works by an acclaimed modern maestro;
  • Explore the colourful fishermen’s island of Burano, known for its lace-making traditions;
  • Follow a private guided tour of a historic lace workshop and witness a demonstration of this intricate craft;
  • Photograph the iconic brightly coloured buildings as you walk through the streets;
  • Savour the delicious biscuits called Bussolai, and enjoy a local special gelato that can only be found on Burano island.

Escape the hustle and bustle of St Mark’s Square as you head to the pearl of the Venetian Lagoon and enjoy a picturesque boat ride to the islands of Murano and Burano. 

Celebrated as the centre of production of the world-famous Murano Glass and often described as the “small Venice”, Murano is the most well-known of the islands surrounding beautiful Venice, but your guide will show you some off-the-beaten-path places there too. 

Your first stop will be a traditional glassmaking factory, where you will watch a master glassblower and other artisans make chandeliers, vases, statues and other beautiful objects. You will also have an exclusive invitation to private viewing of an exhibition by Maestro Fabio Fornasier – not usually open to the public. Fornasier’s exquisite design work with chandeliers, in particular, has made him world-famous. 

Burano, famous for its colourfully painted houses and its picturesque canals, is a real pearl of the Venetian Lagoon and will leave you spellbound by its beauty. Walk along scenic canals and take wonderful photographs of the vibrant local architecture and spectacular vistas that make the island of Burano a very special place to visit. 

Then enjoy a visit to a local workshop where you’ll see the intricacy involved in the delicate lace-making - which continues to be made by hand today. You’ll also be invited to taste the delicious local cookies called ‘Bussolai’ and a special flavoured gelato before travelling back to central Venice across the Lagoon. 


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