Discover Burano Walking Tour
Silvia Zanella, a licensed guide who was born and raised on Burano, offers inexpensive walking tours of the colorful fishing and lacemaking island in the Venetian Lagoon.
Burano is an island in the northern reaches of the Venetian Lagoon, about 40 minutes from Venice by public water bus. (See our Venice Islands Tour article.)
The island is best-known for its colorfully-painted houses, its Lace Museum, and the local fishing industry. (Fishing isn't as important to Burano as it once was, but you'll still see boats with clamming gear tied up at local piers, and there are plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy traditional seafood dishes.)
We've visited Burano any number of times over the years, but in April of 2016, we had a chance to enjoy an insider's view of the island with Silvia Zanella, a Burano native and licensed guide who now offers DiscoverBurano walking tours in English and Italian.
Her inexpensive 45-minute walking tours are a delightful alternative to the crowded commercial tours that bring groups to the island. Instead of being herded around in a big group, you'll stroll around Burano with a personable young woman who'll point out landmarks, talk about the island's culture, and answer questions on anything from Burano's lacemaking industry to "Where do the local children go to school?"
During our own tour, we were introduced to the island's history and culture, but we also learned how the local people live and work. (We had encounters with quite a few Burano natives during our tour: Silvia Zanella has spent most of her life on the island, and she exchanged greetings with local acquaintances in Italian or the Buranello dialect as we walked around.)
Taking the tour:
DiscoverBurano's "Secret Corners of Burano Island" walking tour is available every day but Monday, with English-language tours at 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (Italian-language tours are at noon and 2:30 p.m.) The tour lasts 45 minutes. Prices in 2016 are €12 for adults and €8 for children from 4 to 12 years.
Getting to Burano:
ACTV, Venice's transit authority, operates two waterbus lines between Venice's historic center and Burano:
Tours depart from the waterfront park at the Burano ACTV station. (Look for a guide holding a "DiscoverBurano Tour" sign.
For more information:
Read about DiscoverBurano's tour highlights, check current departure times and prices, book a tour, or make inquiries in English or Italian at DiscoverBurano.com.
For our captioned pictures from a DiscoverBurano tour, go to page 2 of this article.
Dateline: April 24, 2016
Next page: More tour photos
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