Somewhere over the rainbow, a short vaporetto ride from it’s far more popular sister city of Venice, lies one of the most beautiful and picturesque hideaways I’ve ever seen. Burano, a quaint little town filled with colorful homes and decadent restaurants is the perfect escape from crowded, tourist clogged Venice.
Getting to Burano is simple and quick. The 12 vaporetto line will take you directly from the heart of Venice to Burano in less than an hour. You’ll board at the San Zaccaria stop right near St. Marks. Get cozy on the large, express ferry and you’ll be transported to another world before long. (Ferry cost: €6.50, but I recommend you buy the daily transit pass if you’ll be in the Venice area for a few days).
From the moment you arrive you’ll notice that Burano is unlike anywhere you’ve been before. Stroll the streets, argue with your friends about whether you’d rather live in a pink house, or a blue one. Admire the locals as they go about their daily chores. You’ll be hungry before long and I know just the place!
The food on Burano is delicious and very seafood focused as it is truly a fisherman’s island. While there are many great options to chose from, we highly recommend you enjoy a leisurely lunch at Al Gatto Nero and do your best to secure an outdoor table right on the canal. All of the pastas are made fresh in house and the fish is so fresh you can tell it was caught that day. Three courses won’t cost you more than €40, which is significantly cheaper (and more delicious) than any meal I enjoyed in venice. While you’re relaxing, splurge and order a bottle of wine and people watch as the locals and visitors pass by the canal.
Such a lovely town can make it easy to forget about time. Make sure you monitor the vaporetto schedule to ensure you make it back to Venice before the last crossing. We have a feeling you’ll spend the trip back daydreaming about a colorful, quaint little town you almost never knew existed.