island of Burano
is located in the upper reaches of the Venetian Lagoon, 42 minutes away
from Venice's Fondamenta Nuove
on the ACTV's No. 12
Historically, the island was a fishing village and
lacemaking center. In past centuries, Burano was famous for the quality
of its handmade lace, and its products were shipped to countries
Today, Burano has two claims to fame: Its
colorfully-painted houses (which are unique in the region), and its
Museo del Merletto or
Lace Museum. The museum is well worth a visit, whether or not you're
a devotee of the domestic arts. If you're lucky, you may see a group of
local women making lace by hand in the back room upstairs.
below gives an overview of Burano's position in the
northern part of the Venetian Lagoon:
Just to the left of Burano is the bucolic island of
which is connected to Burano by a footbridge. It's worth visiting
mostly for its rural atmosphere and a modern subsidized-housing
project, designed by Giancarlo De Carlo, that was built in the early
1980s. (The houses are painted in Buranese colors.)
Above and to the right of Burano,
you'll see Torcello, an island which once
had a population of 20,000 but it is now known mostly for its
ancient and magnificent Byzantine-Italian cathedral, the
Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta.
Torcello is easy to reach by boat from Burano, and the views from
the cathedral's bell tower are worth the climb.
Other land masses in the top photo are mostly
extensions of the Italian mainland. Much of the area is underwater
or barely above water at high tide, and from an airplane, this part
of the Lagoon may inspire thoughts of Atlantis.
Photo 2 offers a
closer look at Burano's central section:
The Burano vaporetto landing is at the top of the
frame (look for the T-shaped pier and the blue boat symbol).
As you work your way down through the streets of
Burano, you'll reach the Via Baldassare Galuppi, which leads into a
large square with the Church of San Martino and the Museo dei
Merletto or Lace Museum.
Tip: For more
information on reaching Burano by public transportation, see our
Venice Islands Tour