Beautiful Burano Island, Italy

Beautiful Burano Island, Italy


Burano Island, a small island in the Venetian lagoon, is home to the region’s fisherman – currently about 2,800 of them. More commonly though, Burano Island draws tourists worldwide (ahem) to stroll its canals and to view its brightly painted homes. The fisherman painted their homes with vibrant colors to aid them in finding their way back after a long day at sea. The tradition has continued today. Much like a HOA (Homeowners Association) board stateside, homeowners must first appeal to the local municipality to change the color. Then once approved they’re provided a list of choices. Interesting!

Our visit to Burano Island was part of a long weekend in Venice in early February. We were blessed with pleasant weather (it poured down rain the weeks before and after), but weren’t so lucky with the clear, vibrant skies, which are ideal for photo taking. No matter the weather, I knew that I had to get to Burano. It’s a pinteresty wanderlust paradise that I was too close to miss. Getting their is a cake walk too, just a 45 minute vaparetti ride (16 euro roundtrip) from Venice, which is nothing more than a reliable water ferry.

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After strolling around for about an hour Dan and I ducked into a cafe for a quick snack. Italy is about eating, and we’re both very talented at it. Cue the weirdest snack ever – octopus, a local specialty. Honestly, it’s not so bad. Dan commented that it kind of reminded him in texture and butteriness (who knew that was a word?) of a ball of fresh mozzarella. What doesn’t complement octopus, however, is a cafe latte, which was the other half of my order. Coffee and sea creatures just don’t mix. Next time, I’ll stick with the bruschetta. Next time.


Lesson learned, coffee and sea creatures don’t mix.

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Dan and I each picked our favorite colored walls for a little shoot. Check out that handsome devil!

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As I mentioned, the name of the game in Italy is food. Carbloading, actually. If it weren’t for the promise of a great dinner, I doubt we would’ve left Burano when we did. Of course, the stormy clouds also played a hand in moving our visit along.

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We hopped the vaparetti and made our way to Da Mamo, back in Venice. 1300 stellar TripAdvisor reviews don’t deny that this place is legit. Dan and I both went for the handmade creamy gnocchi. Hello, delicious lover!


  • What a beautiful island, those colors are just amazing.

  • What a vibrant place! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many colorful items put together. Your pictures are amazing as usual

  • Oh I love Burano! It was one of my favorite little places to sketch. Torcello was another great island to visit, very strange to go from such a colorful island to another so woodsy and swampy!

  • Beautifu pictures. I wasn’t a huge fan of Venice but this looks lovely. I didn’t have time to go to Murano or Burano but from the looks of it I wish I did.

  • Thanks, Kaelene! Agreed, the colors there are absolutely beautiful.

  • Aww, shucks, you’re sweet Alisia! It’s easy to take pretty pictures in a pretty place. 🙂

  • oh, very interesting, I didn’t even read up on any of the other islands because I was so blinded by my need to go to Burano (dramatic, yes). I just did some googling and would love to visit Torcello. As much as I love Venice/Burano, it’d be refreshing to see some wildlife and relax away from the hubbub of tourists 🙂

  • Sometimes it’s nice to not check everything off the to-do list of a place, so now you have a reason to go back! I agree with you, my first impression of Venice wasn’t a good one. It was mid-July and packed with tourists, this time though things were completely different and I loved it.

  • My favorite post yet – those photos are INCREDIBLE… they almost look fake. I just love seeing your travels, keep on inspiring!

  • Kim, you’re SO sweet! Thanks for the support on my little photography hobby! 😀

  • Gnocchi is my favorite. And Burano is so cute! I went a few years ago and fell in love. I love how it isn’t completely overrun with tourists. Great pictures!

  • Your photos are simply beautiful. I traveled to Venice a few years back but missed out on Burano, really regret that decision! I must go back!

  • agreed! I also think I was pretty lucky going in the lowest of low season (early February) so I didn’t have to do the awkward dance waiting for other tourists to get out of my shot. 🙂
    amen to gnocchi, if only it were super nutritious!

  • Thanks, Biana! Where did you study? My family and I are thinking of taking a road trip to Lake Como this summer, were you by chance in the Northern region?

  • Oh my word, Burano is sooo full of color!!!

  • Beautiful, right? they some how pull it off without looking like a tired festival. Those Italians have it all figured out.

  • After a tour of the Western Mediterranean a few years back, my husband and I are enamored with all things Italy, but I had never heard of Burano. Thanks for such a beautiful introduction to it! One day…

  • I agree, seriously, all-things-Italy are wonderful. I’m happy that Burano gives you another great reason to go back! 🙂

  • Oh my goodness, these photos are GORGEOUS, Margo! What a beautiful and colorful place! I’ve been to Venice once when I was a kid but I can’t remember anything except it was raining cats and dogs and my family wore matching blue rain ponchos – and this was in August… I’ve so wanted to go to Venice in winter since seeing those pictures of light snow on the canals that are all around Pinterest – have you seen those?? Too pretty, I tell you. Glad to hear the weather treated you guys nicely! Looks like a day well spent if I ever saw one 🙂

  • Such a colorful little town! (And I’m with you; I would have picked the blue wall too.)

  • I considered the yellows and reds, but that blue reminded me of the Med. Definitely the clear winner! 🙂

  • I DO know what you’re talking about! I talked with a local photographer while I was down there and he said that snow in Venice is magical. I can only imagine… well, expect for Pinterest, of course.

    It was a day well spent, especially wrapping it up with a big bowl of gnocchi! 🙂

  • I love the colors in those buildings and having the little canal running thru the town is really a treat. Those colors remind me of some of those buildings in Old San Juan or in certain districts in Cape Town.
    Your dad noticed the poles along the waters edge so the boats can ride up and down with the tide. What a fun place to take pictures!

  • Burano is so instagramable :))
    I ll be back to Venice next tuesday because of Burano. Thanks for sharing 🙂