Murano and Burano are two popular islands in the Venetian Lagoon off of the northeastern coast of Italy. The most popular island being Venice (Read How to Spend 2 Days in Venice). The lagoon provides a calm barrier between the Adriatic Sea and the Italian Coast. From Venice, you can easily reach these islands by ferry boat in less than half and hour making them a perfect day-trip destination! See the whole trip itinerary: 4 Days in Northeast Italy: Veneto Region.
How to Spend 1 Day in Murano & Burano, Italy
How to Get to Murano & Burano
There are several vaporetto (public water bus) lines that will get you from Venice to Murano. If you walk to the Fondamente Nova (15 minutes from San Marco in Venice), take a #4.1 or #4.2. It is about 15 minutes to Murano-Colonna from there. You can also take the #12 which makes a continual loop between the outer Venetian Lagoon Islands and Venice. On the islands themselves, you can pretty much cover all of the major attractions by foot.
Murano is actually a group of 8 islands, criss-crossed together by a series of bridges. At one time, Venetian officials required all glassmakers to move their businesses to Murano to reduce the risk of fire from the glass-blowing process. In time, Murano glass was so revered that it became an act of treason for any glass workers to leave Murano. Today, Murano artisans still practice their time-honored craft. While on Murano, you will want to watch some of the artists demonstrate their glass-blowing techniques, which can easily been seen in any number of glass shops. You can visit the Museo del Vetro (glass museum), and of course, you must shop for lovely glass souvenirs!
From Murano, take the #12 ferry to Burano. The ride is only about 25 minutes. Between Murano and Burano, I’d spend the majority of my time in Burano. In fact, I wish we had visited it first. We arrived a little after lunch, and by that time, I was hot and tired, and didn’t have the energy to fully enjoy this picturesque little town.
While Murano is known for its glass, Burano is famous for its handmade lace. It even has a lace museum. The canals are lined with brightly colored lace shops and cafes. You could go crazy just trying to decide which area of Burano is the prettiest. Just like Murano, don’t worry about your schedule. Slow walking and window shopping are an attraction all in itself!
One souvenir you need to buy when visiting Burano is their famous cookies. Sometimes in a donut shape and sometimes in an “S” shape, these cookies have a shortbread taste. Legend is that Burano wives would give the cookies to their fisherman husbands who were embarking on long voyages. I may have eaten a bag or two myself!
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