Our first stop in Italy was to the floating island of Venice. We made sure that one full day was spent exploring the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. Burano, the colorful fishermen’s island known for its handmade intricate lace, was my favorite. There was less to do here than on Murano, however I fell in love with the colorful rainbow houses and quiet ambience. Story has it that the people of Burano painted their houses bright colors to help the fishermen identify which island was home when coming back in foggy weather. (there are a ton of islands around Venice!)
This island was way quieter than Murano. We spent a few hours wandering around and going into various small lace and linen shops. It took everything I had in me not to buy a beautiful lace tablecloth. In the end, not wanting to leave Burano without some type of lace, I bought a lacy doily that I cannot wait to put on top of a piece of velvet fabric and frame for our gallery wall.
If you find yourself in Venice- you have to take some time to visit Burano! To get to Burano- I recommend taking the vaperetto water bus from St Marco Square to Murano and exploring for the first half of the day. Then get on the water bus at the Faro Murano stop and head to Burano (about a 45 min ride). Walk around Burano, grab some coffee and enjoy the local shops. Make sure you check the return times to Venice so you are not stuck! Get the transport Venice pass (or if you are 29 and under- the Rolling Venice Pass- it is sooo worth it!)