Venice - Burano

Oh, hello again. I got a bit sidetracked in Italy and forgot to get back to you with Burano pics. Burano is a small island in Venice.

The mozzies interfered with our original plans to spend a leisurely afternoon in Burano. Well, that and realising it would take us close to two hours to get there from where we were staying in Guidecca.

We weren’t prepared for the mozzie attack and the intense buzzing kept us tossing and turning and swatting the night before. So we started the day already tired when we set out to explore Venice, with the intention of a short siesta after lunch and then heading to Burano for the afternoon.

Well, you know how these things go. After lunch turned into mid afternoon, we didn’t realise how long it would take. It was hot, we were tired. We didn’t go. It was all too hard.

We only had two nights in Venice, neither of us expected to like it as much as we did or we would have stayed for an extra day or two. We were leaving for Switzerland the next day and I really, really wanted to see Burano. It was touch and go for a while as to wether we could make it happen. We packed up and checked out of our AirBnb, checked our luggage into the train station (we weren’t expecting a queue a mile long! It’s the unexpected things that throw your plans out). We grabbed a quick coffee and made our way around the Venice canals via water bus and eventually got ourselves to Burano. Luckily I could change our train to a later booking but it still meant we were on Burano for only a bit over an hour and it was the middle of the day.

I was super thrilled and would have loved to wander around all afternoon. Actually, I think I’d look into staying on Burano if I were to go back. We guzzled a Margherita Pizza and tussled with some German tourists over the shade umbrella and tried to ignore people smoking while you’re eating and then we did a super quick walk around Burano, furiously snapping photos at every turn. It really is a photographers delight.
If you’re heading to Venice make sure you factor in a visit to Burano. With global warming it might be under water sooner rather than later, so see it while you can. It’s easy enough to get to as long as you allow enough time. The same Water Bus ticket gets you there and back. Apart from the explosion of colour, it even has it’s own Leaning Bell Tower. It’s also known for lace making but I was too busy chasing the pretty colours to stop and look at the lace in the limited time we had.

Next up - Switzerland

Below are a few favourite photos from Burano