Burano: The Most Colorful Town in Europe

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

When I was in Venice last summer, I was so, SO excited to take a day trip to Burano. This colorful island near Venice has been on my bucket list forever. Finally getting to be here in person was honestly one of my favorite days ever. I could not stop taking pictures!

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

If you’re planning a trip to Venice, Burano is a MUST do. It would be a shame to get so close to this devastatingly charming little island and miss seeing it! Visiting Burano is a super easy day (or half-day) trip from Venice.

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Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

Keep reading below for our tips for visiting this beautiful island!

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!


How to Get There

The best way to get to Burano is by the vaporetto (water bus) that departs from Fondamente Nove “A” {GPS Location}. The number 12 line runs every 30 minutes and takes about 45 minutes to reach Burano. It also stops at Murano, so you can hop on and off here as well.

You can buy a 24-hour ticket that will give you unlimited rides on all the vaporetto lines in Venice for 24 hours.


Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

Not only are the rainbow colored houses super fun (and a photographer’s dream come true) but they actually serve an important purpose.

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

Burano is a fishing village. After a long day at sea, the fishermen would return in their boats to the narrow canals with lines of houses that all looked similar.

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

A tradition began to paint the houses in bright colors so they could easily find their way home (and distinguish it from their neighbor’s) after a long day of fishing.

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

If a homeowner in Burano wants to paint their house today, they have to submit an application first. Then the government will then respond with which colors the house is permitted to be painted.

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

Burano is still a prominent fishing village to this day. The fish sold daily at the Rialto Market in Venice is from the fisherman of Burano.

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

Burano is less than one square mile in size, so it’s very easy to explore on foot. You can spend a couple hours wandering down the narrow streets, admiring the beautiful houses, and popping into the bakeries and lace shops.

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

Be sure to try Bussolà, a special kind of cookie that is shaped like an “S” and is only made on Burano.

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

Pisa isn’t the only town in Italy with a leaning tower! This former bell tower at San Martino Church dates back to the 15th century.

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

I think I will stop talking here and just let you enjoy the pictures of Burano. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for another fun island to visit before returning to Venice!

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!


Murano

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

Another fun island to visit on your day trip from Venice is Murano, famous for its colorful glass. Murano became the hotspot for glass-making in 1291 when all the glassmakers in Venice were forced to move to the island because of the risk of fires. You can still visit the many factories and shops on the island today for a fascinating demonstration of glass making and blowing.

The water bus to get to Burano also makes a stop at Murano so you can hop off and spend the afternoon here before heading back to Venice.

Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

Your Guide to Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!

Your Guide to Burano, Italy. The most colorful town in Europe!


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