Are Murano and Burano worth a visit while you’re in Venice?
That’s a question I’ll say “yes!” to. Without hesitation.
I loved both of the small island villages that are a short boat ride from Venice. The half-day I spent walking around and taking in the colorful towns of Murano and Burano was a highlight of my holiday with my son.
Murano glass and more …
The vaporetto ride from Venice to the small islands was less than $30 roundtrip. When I arrived in Murano, it was busy, filled with tourists. The town is so tiny that you can easily walk along both sides of the canal, enjoy the scenery and shop for a souvenir piece of Murano glass.
Murano’s history of glassmaking began in the 13th century when artisans from Venice were forced by law to move to the island. The raging fires that often spread through Venice were too often started in glass factories. Once settled in Murano, the glassmakers collectively honed their art and became known as the best in Europe. Murano chandeliers, enameled glass, and beads were sought by the elite. Through the centuries, Murano developed products that defined the industry: clear glass, milk glass, mirrors, and imitation gemstones.
Burano, a kaleidoscope
Landing on the boat docks of Burano was like entering the set of a technicolor movie. The pink, green, purple, and yellow houses and buildings made a setting around the narrow canals that only an artist could conceive.
Like its neighbor, Murano, the island of Burano is known for its artisans. Burano lace has been exported throughout Europe and beyond since the 16th century.
Are Murano and Burano worth a visit?
I think so. This video might help you decide … enjoy!