While we were visiting Venice, one of the places I really wanted to see was Burano.
The island, or rather archipelago, of Burano is located north-east of San Marco in the heart of Venice, and is an enjoyable 50 minute boat trip across the lagoon.
Burano is made up of 4 small islands which are connected by bridges over the pretty emerald green canals. It was originally 5 islands, but two were joined to create Piazza Galuppi, the main square of Burano.
Burano is most famous for its rows of colourful homes, featured in many a travel brochure.
Legend says that the residents originally painted their houses in bright colours so that fisherman could see them, even in thick fog, and would avoid running aground after a long voyage at sea.
The colours of the houses are dictated by the government. You have to apply for a permit to paint your own home and there is a strict palette for each property.
The streetscapes of Burano are popular with artists, photographers and tourists alike. As we strolled the streets of the village, I spotted a few local children playing and imagined how wonderful it would be to grow up on Burano.
The population today is just 2800, so I would think there wouldn’t be too many children growing up there now, sadly.
Burano is also well known for the beautiful lace made by local ladies, as well as glass making and fishing. There’s a wide variety of family-run restaurants providing traditional fish dishes or pizza, pasta and many other traditional Italian dishes.
We enjoyed a wonderful 5 course lunch at Ai Pescatori, which included a delicious seafood pasta and the most divine custard pastry for dessert… and there was wine too, of course.
Having fully consumed every one of the courses, we were so full after our meal, we needed to take a good walk to digest it all.
We wandered the little streets, checking out the houses and boats, and taking photos of them. Eventually we made our way back to the main square, Piazza Galuppi, which was en route to the boat dock.
In Piazza Galuppi, there is, of course, a statue of Burano’s famed resident, Boldassare Galuppi, who was a famous Italian composer.
Galuppi was born on Burano in 1706 and died in Venice in 1785. I Googled him and found a sample of his music on YouTube – it’s just delightful.
Dominating the piazza is the Church of San Martino, with its leaning campanile, or bell tower. This church was originally founded in 959, but the current church, designed by Andrea Tirali, dates from the 16th century. Unfortunately I don’t seem to have a photo of the outside of the church (what the?).
Located at the rear of the church, the campanile, which was built between 1703-1714, stands 53 metres tall and is currently leaning 1.83 metres due to land subsidence. There was originally an angel on top of the tower, but she fell off her perch during a storm in 1867 and now an iron cross is the highest point.
While nowhere near as ornately decorated as many other Italian churches, the interior of San Martino is beautiful in its own individual way.
We took a day trip from San Marco to Burano, but you can catch the no. 12 vaporetto (water bus/ferry) for 6.50 euro per person. I’m told a water taxi will also take you there, if you want to outlay at least 130 euros – each way! I’m pretty sure the gondolas don’t go that far!
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Have you visited Burano?
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