How To Travel from Murano to Burano In Italy

Murano to Burano

Why Visit Murano and Burano Islands

As much as I enjoyed Venice, I found it a little on the touristy sound. Hence whirling off to Murano and Burano felt like finding the hidden gems in this part of Italy! Murano and Burano offer a refreshing escape from Venice’s well-trodden paths. Murano, famed for its centuries-old glassblowing tradition, then there’s Burano famous for its lacework. However, in my opinion the best part about visiting these places was the small town more immersive and authentic feel which you don’t necessarily get in Venice.

The highlight in both places for me was the kaleidoscope of brightly colored houses! Honestly coudl literally walk around all day just taking pictures of these! Both Murano and Burano are perfect for those looking for a slice of authentic Italian culture minus the crowded piazzas. Remember, comfy shoes are a must for cobblestone streets, and always have your camera at the ready – these islands are seriously snap-worthy.

How to get to Murano and Burano Islands

Venice canals

Venturing from Venice to the enchanting islands of Murano and Burano is easier than you might think, and can easily be done as a day trip from Venice in a day. After doing some research from my own travels, I would recommend the a day trip from Venice to Muran, Murano to Burano then back to Venice. This is the most popular and convenient and efficient way to see both Murano and Burano Islands.

How to visit Murano and Burano from Venice

  • Transport: Catch a vaporetto, Venice’s water bus, for a straightforward trip.
    • Lines: For Murano: Line 7
    • Departure point: Fondamente Nove ferry terminal stop from Venice
  • Tickets:
    • Single ride to Murano: About 7.50 euros
    • Day pass: Around 20 euros (great for island hopping
  • Journey time:
    • Venice to Murano: 10 minutes

Murano, Italy – Things To Do

Murano to Burano

Catching an Early Ferry from Fondamente Nove

Start your day early by catching a ferry from Fondamente Nove. This not only helps you beat the midday crowds but also allows you to see Murano bathed in the gentle morning light, enhancing the vibrant colors of the glass and the canals.

Watching Glassblowing Demonstrations

Schedule your visit to include a glassblowing demonstration, which typically starts around 9 or 10 AM. It’s a unique opportunity to see the artisans at work, creating intricate glass pieces with skill and precision. This early start ensures you avoid the larger crowds that gather later in the day.

Visiting the Glass Museum

Make your way to Murano’s Glass Museum, opening at 10 AM. A modest entry fee grants you access to centuries of glassmaking history, showcasing the island’s deep-rooted connection to this art form. It’s a fascinating insight into why Murano glass is celebrated worldwide.

Exploring Quaint Streets and Shops

Exploring Quaint Streets and Shops: Wander down Via San Martino Sinistro for a range of glass shops and galleries. Vetreria Murano Arte (VMA) gallery is a standout, offering stunning glass art. Near the old fish market, Campiello della Pescheria hosts boutiques and studios showcasing local craftsmanship. These places attract both tourists and locals keen on Murano’s glassmaking heritage.

Enjoying a Canal-Side Lunch

After exploring, consider stopping at one of the many cafes or restaurants along the canals for lunch. I found dining out in Murano and Burano was more reasonable in termso of prices than you’d find back in Venice.

Some options are –
Osteria al Duomo: A cozy choice with excellent seafood and local wines
Ristorante Ai Piantaleoni: Trattoria offering great pizza and pasta with canal views, ideal for a casual meal. Gelateria Murano: Must try gelato, near the main bridge, is a must-visit for creamy gelato in a variety of flavors.

How to get from Murano to Burano

Transport: Catch a vaporetto, Venice’s water bus, for a straightforward trip.

Ferry to Murano
  • Lines: Ferry Line 12
  • Departure point: Ferry stop in Murano
  • Tickets:
    • Single ride: About 7.50 euros
    • Day pass: Around 20 euros (great for island hopping)
  • Journey time:
    • Murano to Burano: 40 minutes (a scenic route through the lagoon)

Practical Tip: Check the ferry schedule in advance, as the frequency can vary. Also, weather can influence your experience; a sunny day makes Burano’s colors pop, but even under grey skies, the island has a magical glow.

Burano, Italy Things To Do

After exploring the glassmaking wonders of Murano, a visit to Burano offers a delightful contrast with its riot of colors and intricate lace. The island is smaller and feels more ‘intimate’ compared to Murano, with its narrow lanes and picturesque canals offering a tranquil escape. Burano is famous for its lace-making, a tradition highlighted in the Museo del Merletto (Lace Museum). The allure of Burano lies in its visual appeal and the charm of its artisanal lace shops.

Exploring Burano’s Colorful Streets

Once you step off the ferry, immerse yourself in the vibrancy of Burano. The island’s brightly painted houses are a sight to behold. Dedicate about 2 hours to wander and capture the essence of this picturesque place. The quiet alleyways offer the most authentic and vibrant scenes, perfect for those looking to escape the crowds.

Visting the Lace Museum

A visit to the Lace Museum is a deep dive into the island’s renowned lace-making tradition, following your exploration of glass in Murano. The museum showcases the finesse and history of lace-making, with an affordable entrance fee. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in the crafts that define Venetian culture.

Bakery in Burano

Dining in Burano

For a taste of local cuisine, Trattoria al Gatto Nero offers an exceptional seafood menu in a charming setting. Booking ahead is recommended to secure a spot. Don’t forget to try the Bussolà cookies from a local bakery, a sweet treat that perfectly complements the island’s artisanal flair.

Sunset in Burano

For those enchanted by Burano’s palette, the golden hour before sunset is the best time for photos. The low sun casts a warm glow over the island, highlighting the houses’ hues and creating a magical atmosphere. It’s a serene way to conclude your visit, capturing the beauty of Burano in its best light.

Ending your day with a ferry ride back to Venice at sunset offers breathtaking views and a moment of reflection. It’s the perfect closure to a day spent exploring the vibrant and artistic sides of Venice’s lesser-known islands. This is one thing I wish I had planned ahead for, however the weather wasnt the best when I visited, nonetheless the colourful houses are beautiful no matter the weather or time of day in my opinion!

Colourful houses Burano

Practical Tips: Traveling from Murano to Burano

Best Time of Year to Visit:

  • Murano and Burano are most enjoyable during the spring (April to June) and fall (September to October). These months offer pleasant weather, fewer crowds, and the natural beauty of the Venetian lagoon at its best. Summer brings larger crowds and higher temperatures, which can detract from the experience.

When to Visit in the Day:

  • Early Morning: Both islands are best visited early in the morning to avoid the peak tourist times. Arriving as early as possible lets you explore the streets and shops before they get too crowded.
  • Late Afternoon: For photographers and those seeking a quieter experience, late afternoon, especially during the golden hour before sunset, offers beautiful light and fewer tourists.
Murano to Burano

Dealing with Crowds:

  • Murano tends to be busier in the middle of the day. Plan to visit glass factories and museums in the morning.
  • Burano, known for its picturesque views, also sees an influx of visitors around noon. Aim for late afternoon to capture the best photos with the least amount of people.

Booking Tickets in Advance for Murano to Burano:

  • While you don’t need tickets to visit the islands themselves, museums and some workshops might require admission. For Murano’s Glass Museum and Burano’s Lace Museum, booking a few days in advance should suffice, especially during peak season. If you plan on taking a guided tour or attending a glass-making workshop, booking at least a week in advance is recommended to secure your spot.

Other Practical Tips:

  • What to Bring/Wear: Comfortable walking shoes are a must as you’ll be exploring mostly on foot. The cobblestone streets and pathways can be uneven.
  • Weather-Appropriate Clothing: The weather can be unpredictable, so layering is key. A lightweight, waterproof jacket or umbrella is handy for sudden showers.
  • Sun Protection: On sunny days, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are essential, especially during the summer months.
  • Water and Snacks: There are cafes and restaurants on both islands, but carrying water and some snacks is wise, particularly if you’re visiting during the warmer parts of the day.
  • Cash: While many shops and eateries accept cards, having some cash on hand is useful for smaller purchases, especially in more tucked-away spots.

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