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). 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!
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Where to eat in Burano
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.
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