Burano, Italy: Venice’s Rainbow Island


Burano island, Venice

I hereby dub thee, “Rainbow Island”.

This famously picturesque Venetian island with its canals and brightly colored buildings is one of the most popular destinations for a day-trip from Venice, Italy. Back in the 16th century Burano’s popularity grew with a thriving lace-making industry, a tradition which continues today thanks to a few dedicated families and their lace shops. These days though, some visitors come to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain to the restaurant Da Romano where he apparently had the best risotto he’d ever eaten. While it is understandable that travelers could be lured to the island by the promise of an unforgettable meal, it’s far more likely that you will be drawn in by the artistic spirit of the island, just as I was. Have a look below.

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Burano lace-making in action! On the far right is Burano lace-maker Emma Vidal, 99 years of age.

Women who make lace by hand have dedicated themselves to the tradition. On the far right is lace-maker Emma Vidal, 99 years of age.

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If you are wondering if Burano is worth the trip, yes it is! My friend and photographer Georgianna Lane suggested that if my island-hopping plans had to be cut short, this is the one island that I wouldn’t want to miss. She was right!

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  • Georgianna Lane

    Hi Suz! Fabulous collection of images from Burano. I’m so glad you were able to get there. It’s so unique!

    • Suzette Barnett

      Hi Georgianna! Thank you! Unique it certainly is and I appreciate your advice for navigating the lagoon in a day. After visiting Burano and Torcello I’m eager to enjoy some of the lesser known Venetian islands. Some day!

  • David C. Phillips

    Hi Suz,

    Great post as usual!!

    Yes, Burano is absolutely a must. You have captured it very nicely. I can’t imagine going to Venice for any length of time without a trip to Burano, In my opinion it’s worth taking the very earliest boat out there so you have the island and the residents to yourself:-)

    • Suzette Barnett

      Thank you so much, David! I appreciate that. You make a great point about being out there early… that made me curious if one could stay overnight there if they really wanted the place to themselves. And what do you know, there is a handful of cute little AirBNBs on Burano! Taking the earliest and latest boats from Venice though… smartest choice one could make.