Visiting the Island of Burano in Italy

Boats Moored Along Canal With Residential Buildings Against Sky
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    How to Get to the Island of Burano

    Burano, after all, is an island, so the easiest way to get there is to take Vaporetto number 12 from Fondament Nove, departing every half hour. The Vaporetto also makes one stop on Murano Island so if you reach Murano from another part of Venice, you can transfer to number 12 at the Murano Faro stop. On the scenic 40-minute ride, you'll pass the cemetery island of San Michele, Murano, Torcello, and small islands in the lagoon.

    In 2012 the cost of a one-way ride was 7 euro or you can buy a 12-hour island pass for 18 euro, good if you plan to visit more than one island. There are also passes valid for longer periods of time.

    Tip: For good views of Burano, get off at the small island of Mazzorbo, the stop just before Burano. Walk across the island from to the pathway where you'll see Burano and then cross the footbridge connecting the two islands. On Mazzorbo you can visit the 14th-century church of Santa Caterina and there are a couple of restaurants.

    From Burano, it's a short...MORE boat ride on Vaporetto line 9 to Torcello, a peaceful island whose cathedral has stunning Byzantine mosaics.

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    What to See on the Island of Burano

    The popular, picturesque canals are a must-see when visiting the island, where you'll spot lush flower boxes dotting the windows of the bright homes and businesses.

    Via Galuppi, the island's main street, is lined with pastry and souvenir shops, stores, bars, and restaurants. If you wander away from that area you'll see fewer tourists and can enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the canals and colorful houses that have long attracted painters to the island.

    The island is also famous for its artisan lace makers and there's a Lace Museum, as well as various shops selling delicate lace designs. 

    Burano even has a leaning tower, a former bell tower of the 15th century San Martino Church that is a great spot for pictures.

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    Where to Eat on the Island of Burano

    Ristorante da Romano, Burano Island, Venice, Veneto, Italy
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    Burano has several good restaurants specializing in very fresh seafood. A highly recommended restaurant is Trattoria da Romano, Via Galuppi 221 (closed Tuesdays). Trattoria da Romano is a historic restaurant that has entertained many celebrities and artists and its interior is decorated with paintings from these artists, historic photos, and magazine articles. Snag a seat in the outdoor dining area if you can, and start off your meal with an antipasto of several seafood dishes. The restaurant is famous for its risotto, so be sure not miss this dish. Click here for a full review of Trattoria da Romano.

    Another often recommended restaurant is Trattoria al Gatto Nero, Via Giudecca 88, recommended by JoAnn Locktov in our tips for eating in Venice.

    Another great place to try is Riva Rosa on a canal in Via San Mauro (open for lunch only, closed Wednesdays). The restaurant is beautiful and makes an incredible risotto that will make you forget about the calories.