Burano A Day Trip to Venice's most colorful island

Burano Island

Venice's Vibrant Hidden Gem

Burano Island (Isloa di Burano) is a small archipelago of four islands in the Venetian Lagoon, known for lace-making and for its rows of brightly colored homes. In fact, Burano is widely considered to be one of the most colorful places in the world. The island is easily accessible by boat from Venice and makes a fantastic day trip, with additional opportunities to tour the nearby islands of Murano and Torcello.

Burano Island

During our recent trip to Venice, we set aside an afternoon to tour Burano. We got lost wandering the quiet streets of the island's historic villages, took plenty of breathtaking photos, and even made a few surprising (and furry) friends along the way.

The Homes

Many years ago, when fishing was the main source of income for residents of Burano, fishermen painted their houses bright colors, so they could find their way home in dense fog and poor weather conditions.

Because the island now serves as a historical landmark, residents must seek government approval prior to repainting or renovating the exterior of their homes.

There is one home in particular that stands out for its eclectic style. Because it is located on a tiny side street, outside of the main tourist area, this house can be tricky to find. But, it is definitely worth looking for.

The people of Burano take a great deal of pride in preserving the unique history and integrity of their island. In addition to the richly colored homes, Burano's streets, waterways, and public areas are impeccably maintained.

We urge you to wander off the beaten path in Burano. The island is small and easy to navigate.
You will see some of the most beautiful homes on quiet side streets, away from any crowds.

You may also make a few furry friends during your tour of the island, like we did.

You may need to share the sidewalk occasionally.

Don't worry. They are very friendly.

Another major attraction in Burano is the church bell tower. (Yes, it is leaning.)
Burano's Leaning Bell Tower was built in the seventeenth century and has undergone multiple restorations. It acquired its lean from a land subsidence.
If you are planning a trip to Venice, we definitely recommend making a day trip to Burano.
There is no place in the world quite like it.

That concludes our day trip to Burano! To create a tour of your own, visit us at www.pathbreakerstravel.net.

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