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Burano Island off the coast of Venice, Italy

Updated on October 16, 2015

A little piece of Italian magic

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Seafood Risotto an Italian Speciality
Seafood Risotto an Italian Speciality | Source

Burrano Island delightfully captivating.

If you visit Venice you need to make time to include a trip to this interesting and very appealing little Island of Burrano. Famous for it's exquisite lace making it is without doubt one of the highlights on a trip to Venice is this lovely old picturesque village steeped in History. A lot less touristy, with a much more peaceful atmosphere it offers delicious food and spectacular scenery.

The Island is a small fishing village which is famous for it's variety of fresh seafood as well as it's vibrant colored buildings and it's beautiful venetian lace.

Situated in the cluster of islands encasing Murano and Torcello it's a 40 to 45 minute boat ride from Venice.

Captivated by the island's relaxed magic, visitors to Burano are delighted by it's slower pace and old world charm with it's typical Italian cobble stone streets, winding alley ways and artistic treasures.


The Islands history dates back to the 5th-6th century, when it was originally settled by refugees from Altinum who were trying to escape pursuit from Attila the Hun. The idea was that the island, one of a few, which at the time were bleak and thought to be uninhabitable swamp land, would provide the perfect hiding place from the fearful tyrant. And they were right as the Huns passed them by making no attempt to access Burano or the surrounding Islands.

Buranos Main Street is named after it's best known prodigy the 18th century composer Baldassarre Galuppi, better known to the locals and throughout Italy by the name of "Il Burranello"

In the town's main square stands the 16th century Church of San Martino with its bell tower, likened to the leaning Tower of Pisa, as it also leans precariously to one side.

Artistic influences

Found alongside the main square is the chapel of Santa Barbara. Housed in this chapel are famous artworks such as Tiepolo's Crucifixion which is dated back to 1725, several works by Giovanni Mansueti dating back to the 16th century, and the piece by Girolamo da Santacroce titled St. Mark and Other Saints.

Burano Lace

Without doubt Burano has a reputation known world wide for the exquisite lace it produces. The lace making school housed in the 19th century building Palazzo della Podesta draws visitors for its intricate unique craft. Established in 1872 so that the traditional art of lace making would not become a lost art, the women of Burano have been handing down their skills and their love of their craft to their daughters for many centuries. There are many shops on the Island selling lace so be sure when making your purchase to ask for a product certificate to verify authenticity.


Italians love their food and it is no secret that sourcing fresh ingredients and making and eating authentic meals from scratch is a national pastime. But the exquisite freshness of the seafood found here assaults your senses stimulating your appetite in a most enticing way demanding a return visit as soon as possible. And do try the sea food risotto's, you won't be sorry as Italians make the best risotto's found anywhere. They are delectable or as the Italians say Bellisimo!!

Restaurants - Try Ai Tre Ponti or Trattoria Primo. But most restaurants are excellent on the island your only problem will be which one to choose from and you'll be telling your friends 'Andiamo friends Andiamo'

Without doubt Burrano Island is a visitor's treat, one which you will not want to miss on your trip to Italy.

Burano Island

A Visual Trip

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    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Lots of great information and photos for people who might be traveling to Burrano Island -- or who may be tempted to visit there after reading this interesting article!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Burano definitely looks like a place that I would love to visit judging from your descriptions and your beautiful photos. Did you purchase any of that handmade lace while you were there? Voted up, useful and interesting. Thanks for showing us this delightful place in Italy.

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      7 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh thank you Peg for your visit!! I loved Burano and will hopefully get back there one day, the colors, the food are to die for...the photos are so vibrant I still have one for my laptops wallpaper. So hope you get there...cheers

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Your description of this island inspires me to put this place on my list of Things I Need To Do. What a rustic and interesting village this is! I love the curtained doorways and colorful paint scheme. Lovely.

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      7 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Deborah, very nice to meet you...It is such a charming village and very glad to have experienced it and such a beautiful place to capture on camera...cheers

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you Suzie, I really appreciate that coming from you having written such brilliant hubs about this fab country!! Burrano was so lovely and I would have loved to have stayed there longer but time didn't must visit if you get the chance as it really is quite exquisite...cheers

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      Deborah Neyens 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      I visited Burrano once years ago. It's such a charming little place. Your photos captured it well.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carter,

      Thanks for this lovely article on a place many will not know! I have not heard of it and it looks and sounds charming with lots of character. The appeal of the smaller lesser known places is something to experience as it really is special. Burano looks fab, definitely love to take a trip over when in that area. Voted up ++++ and will share on.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks a lot Haley and I so hope you get there one day...and don't worry your hubby will love the food there it's delicious...glad you liked the photos...cheers

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      7 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much Denise for everything...I loved Venice too and so glad we got to see Burrano, it is totally enchanting and I so hope you make it one day...if only for the food...cheers

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      I must say that Venice was my favorite, and the most romantic place, I have traveled to. I did not know about this island, and probably would not have had the time to visit even so, but it looks absolutely enchanting. I will have to add this to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing. Up/A/I/B/U

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      7 years ago from California

      Someday I'll travel to Italy! And when I get to I'll make sure to drag my husband to this little island! Such a wonderful little hub I found here, and the pictures in the beginning really got me in a relaxing and comfy mood :)

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      7 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much for coming by US...I think you would like it well as being so pretty, it's a tranquil place to reflect when it's off tourist season...I hope you get there sometime...cheers

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      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      after reading your hub, it made me want to visit Burano and see for myself this beautiful place.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much sandrabusby...glad you enjoyed the reminder:)...they are exquisite colors aren't they? such a picturesque island & one so worth the visit...cheers

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      Sandra Busby 

      7 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Enjoyed your hub on Burano. Reminds me of a day when "the other Sandra" and I took the boat ride to Murano and Burano. I have shots of almost the exact same doorways and beautiful colored buildings. Memories are such wonderful things. Thanks for SHARING.

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      7 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh lovely to meet you too and hope you make it to Burano in your travels, such a sweet peaceful & seriously pretty little island and there is none better than an Italian risotto, surely!! Look forward to reading more of your hubs, cheers.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      So glad that I just met you here. We are going to Venice in September. We'll have to make it a point to get to Burano. We were in Venice a few years ago but did not make it to any of the other islands. Hopefully on this trip. The seafood risotto looks and sounds great.


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