Colourful buildings in Burano in Italy

16 Travel Photos That Prove Burano Is the Most Colourful Place in the World

Colorful blue building in Burano Italy with text overlay Colorful buildings along Burano water canal in Italy with text overlay

Burano, located in the Italian region of Veneto, is famous for rows upon rows of brightly multicoloured houses that line its canals and streets. The popular and romanticized story behind the rainbow spread of houses is that the neon colours helped fishermen find their way back home to their families in the fog; in reality, the system dates back to when the island was undergoing massive development. If someone wanted to paint their house, they had to send a request to the local government which would then let them know what colours were permitted for that lot of houses.

It’s not hard to see why this destination is every photographer’s dream, and every corner is waiting to be captured on camera. If you are visiting Venice, Burano is a perfect day trip destination and can be easily reached by water bus from Venice in an hour: just hop on the Line 14 Vaporetto at the San Zaccaria stop (next to the Doge’s Palace). For more information on how to get to Burano from Venice click here. These photos will make you want to go and soak up all the colours that Burano has to offer!

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Where to stay if you’re visiting Burano

Burano is an easy day trip destination if you are staying in Venice. We stayed at the Hotel Bel Sito on our first trip to Venice, a lovely little hotel located steps away from the Giglio vaporetto stop. The rooms, while on the smaller side, were clean and comfortable, the breakfast spread was good and most importantly, it is amazingly convenient to get anywhere – it is a 8-10 minute walk away from San Marco’s Square where you can hop on the Line 14 ferry next to the Doge’s Palace to Burano. Click here to book your stay at Hotel Bel Sito!

Alternatively, check out the Ca ‘degli Oresi apartments if you are traveling as a group or with family. Ca ‘degli Oresi has belonged to the same family for many generations, and was once the attic of the building where the owner’s grandfather and father worked together as master goldsmiths. The host’s son met us at the San Samuele vaporetto stop and showed us to the apartment, which is a 1-minute walk away from the stop. The Accademia bridge is only about 3 minutes away on foot, and San Marco Square is only about 10 minutes away. The apartment we stayed in featured 2 bedrooms, 2 separate bathrooms (1 ensuite), a modern kitchen and beautiful private terrace. Click here to book your stay at Ca’ degli Oresi!

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Tip: If you want to stay close to the main attractions, look for accommodation in San Marco or close to the Ponte dell’Accademia in Dorsoduro. Click here to view other accommodation options in Venice’s city center!

Where to eat in Burano

Calamari at Trattoria Gatto Nero in Burano Italy

The main square of Burano is filled with restaurants, but the quality of food is a bit of a hit and miss. Instead, plan ahead and book a table at Trattoria al Gatto Nero where the service is impeccable and the food is exquisite. They are famous for their seafood dishes – try the fried calamari, pan fried sole and spaghetti with clams. Reservations are essential.

Travel photos of Isola di Burano

Orange arch alleyway in Burano Italy

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Colourful planter box and succulents in Burano Italy
Split coloured walls in Burano Italy
Mint coloured building in Burano Italy

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28 Comments

    1. There’s always next time! 🙂 It’s a perfect place to spend a day, away from the hustle and bustle of Venice.

  1. What a lovely place. I love all the color! Unfortunately, we didn’t have a chance to visit Burano when we were in Venice as there was a strike and none of the boat taxis were working. Definitely need to visit this beautiful island when we are in Italy again.

  2. I wish I got to visit this place when I was in Venice. Being an avid photographer, I can see me spending a whole day taking photos of this colourful place. These pictures are great, well done!

    1. You would definitely go down the photography rabbit hole! Every single corner, nook and cranny is photogenic!

  3. I love your photos. I love how colorful and beautiful Burano is. I have only been to Venice for a weekend and I didn’t have time to go to Burano but I will definitely add it on my list to do for when I return to Venice.

    1. Thanks so much Joanna! I really found it very charming – it was lovely to just wander down quiet streets and passageways!

  4. such a magical island! Burano is on my bucket list since I use internet! Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics!

  5. Gorgeous! I’ve been to Venice, but never to Burano. Next time! And though the government was behind the colors, I still like the fictional story about the fishermen. 🙂

    1. Thanks Patricia! I didn’t make it to Murano this time so saving that for trip #2! I like the fictional story too ?

  6. WOW! These photos are colorful and so crisp. What kind of camera are you using? I just purchased a “professional” camera and I am rather pleased with the quality – but these photos are stunning.

    1. Nicki you’re too kind! I have yet to invest in a professional camera (eek!) so these were taken on an iPhone 6!

  7. Is Burano one of the islands off Venice that’s only accessible via Venice? I had thought about those when I visited Venice but I got sucked into venice’s beauty. But actually, Burano looks like a nice, colorful, less touristy alternative to Venice! I wish I had known about it during my Italy trip! Beautiful pics 🙂

    1. Hey Lyssie, I’m not sure if it’s ONLY accessible via Venice but Burano is such a lovely little day trip destination! If you don’t feel like staying in Venice (omg it’s so crowded) maybe look into staying in Verona or Padua? Both are a short train ride away from Venice!

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