No, no, we haven't gone anywhere and still we live on Koh Samui. And this is just a guest post from a person impressed by the island of Burano, and advising everyone who is nearby to go there..
Burano is a fantastically beautiful little island located near Venice. If you have at least 2-3 days in Venice, then Burano, along with the island of Murano, falls on the must-have list.
Murano Island is on the way to Burano. Murano is a rather large island famous for its Murano glass. Burano - these are very beautiful houses and, of course, the world famous Burano lace. Ordinary tourists go first to Murano, then to Burano to see both islands in one day.
We weren't attracted by Murano glass, so we headed straight for Burano. It was decided to drive in the late afternoon to return to Venice in the evening and have a cup of crazy expensive cappuccino in the oldest cafe in St. Mark's Square to the enchanting sounds of one of the orchestras. This decision played into our hands. In the evening there were almost no tourists on Burano; local residents began to meet, who immediately after the tourists left, poured into the streets.
Burano is a stunning island. We walked around it from all sides and tried to find a note of falsehood in it. The island remained true to itself - all the same cheerful, colorful and endlessly attractive.
The content of the article
- one What to do on Burano
- 2 Where to eat in Burano
- 3 How to get to Burano
- 4 How the lace museum works
- five How to get away from Burano (little secret)
What to do on Burano
1. Wander around the wonderful island, carefully choosing routes that no one has followed. Well, or did not go at least the next hour. Getting lost on Burano is not realistic. You can go through the entire island from the embankment to the embankment in any direction in just 7-10 minutes.
2. Sit on the seaside promenade, enjoying the view of distant Venice. It is especially great to do it at sunset..
3. Visit the world famous lace museum. If you are a fan of lace, then you can collect souvenir Buran laces from 1 euro to several thousand euros per item. The main thing is, see that there is no inscription «Made in China».
4. Find the monument to Galuppi Baldassare («Buranello»), a famous Italian composer who staged court opera performances in St. Petersburg for several years in the 18th century, and also at that time created a significant number of choral works for the Orthodox Church.
5. Find the most unusually painted house on the streets of Burano. Hint, this house is multicolor.
6. Find the swans swimming in the Burano canals.
7. Taste sweets in the family bakery, which is not hiding at all and is located right on the central canal.
Where to eat in Burano
The strategy of finding places for food, which usually justifies itself, is to move a little from the tourist streets inland, and then as you are lucky. On Burano, this strategy does not work, since the island is very small. One or two rows of houses - and here it is, the sea.
Walking along the main street of Burano, we found many cafes with ... not very tasty smells. By this time, we had been tasting Italian cuisine for more than one week, so we trusted our scent 100%.
But then we met a cafe with a beautiful-looking ice cream. But the prices turned out to be close to the space ones. What is just a small bottle of water for 4 euros.
As a result, I found a homemade pastry shop in which an angry-friendly (that's right) elderly gentleman sold very, very tasty sweets by weight and, as a result, confidently entered our top-3 best desserts in Italy with his desserts. By the way, a 1.5 liter bottle of delicious water cost him only 2 euros..
The conclusion is simple: on Burano, you need to have picnics right on the seaside promenade, buying homemade sweets on the spot or bringing something with you..
How to get to Burano
Burano can only be reached by sea. Guided tour or waterbus, vaparetto.
Vaparetto on line 12 departs from Fondamenta Nuove station. A ticket for 60 minutes costs 7 euros. Or it will be free if you bought «Venice card». If you bought a ticket on the shore, be sure to bring it to the magnetic reader on the shore before boarding, otherwise the ticket will be invalid. The green light will turn on - everything is in order. It is better to buy with a magnetic card for each person, since only one trip is debited, how many times do not bring the card to the reader.
We have not figured out how to write off two trips at once - all instructions are in Italian.
You can buy a ticket on the vaparetto itself. The cost is the same. In this case, it is advisable to have small money with you, since the steward is still not a cash desk on the shore.
Free travel penalties are said to be very impressive.
The vaparettos run approximately twice an hour. Burano is the 3rd stop, which will be in 40 minutes. Time will fly by instantly, because there is a picturesque Venetian Lagoon around you. You do not need to worry, as the steward will diligently shout that here he is, Burano.
We came to Venice at the bus station. From the station you can walk to the pier at a quick pace in 25-30 minutes. If you go there by vaparetto, it may take longer and one ticket to Burano will not be enough (vaparetto routes no. 4.1, 4.2 and 5.2 to the Fondamenta Nuove stop). And you will need to buy additional tickets for 7 euros.
How the lace museum works
The museum is located in Gallupi square.
Museum opening hours from April 1 to October 31: from 10-00 to 18-00 (tickets are sold until 17:30).
Museum opening hours from November 1 to March 31: from 10-00 to 17-00 (tickets are sold until 16:30).
Museum is closed on Mondays, December 25, January 1, May 1.
Tickets - 5 Euro. 3.5 Euro for children 6-14 years old, students up to 25 years old, citizens over 65 years old.
If you are a citizen of Venice, then the entrance will be free for you.
How to get away from Burano (little secret)
Near Burano there is the islet of Mazzorbo, which is connected to Burano by a bridge. If there is a long queue for boarding a vaparetto in Burano or you just don't want to be in the crowd of people waiting, then in less than ten minutes you can walk to the pier in Matsorba (marked on any tourist map) and sit on the vaparetto all alone.
Alexey Gureev, maintains the author's Blog of the Land Surveyor