The Secret Corners Of Burano - Venice

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 1 Hr 20 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    10:30 AM
  • Return Details :
    • No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a no show (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher). Therefore we advise you to locate in advance the dep.. read more
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Visit Burano, an enchanting fishing island of brightly-colored homes on the Venice lagoon, learn about its traditions and history, and watch locals demonstrate lace-making techniques on this one-hour group walking tour.

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If we told you there was a way to experience an authentic side of Venice without the crowds, would you believe us? The secret lies in getting away from Piazza San Marco and venturing further out to explore smaller islands strewn throughout the marshy, magical Venice Lagoon.
This church was rebuilt several times and took on its present appearance between 1500 and 1600. It was consecrated on 29 October 1645 by the then bishop of Torcello Marco Antonio Martinengo.Over the centuries it underwent several restorations, while preserving the ancient architecture.Seen from the outside, the church lacks a main entrance, in fact you enter laterally through a Renaissance door, near the Chapel of Santa Barbara.
Further north in the lagoon lies Burano, a fishing island made up of hundreds of colorful houses that earn it the title of one of the most colorful towns in the world. Unlike Murano, which enjoyed industrial prowess for much of its history, Burano remained largely agricultural and fishing was its main industry. The colored houses are said to have been painted in bright hues to help fishermen navigate the lagoon on foggy days. Burano is also well-known for its lacemaking traditions, which originated in the 16th century.

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If we told you there was a way to experience an authentic side of Venice without the crowds, would you believe us? The secret lies in getting away from Piazza San Marco and venturing further out to explore smaller islands strewn throughout the marshy, magical Venice Lagoon.
This church was rebuilt several times and took on its present appearance between 1500 and 1600. It was consecrated on 29 October 1645 by the then bishop of Torcello Marco Antonio Martinengo. Over the centuries it underwent several restorations, while preserving the ancient architecture. Seen from the outside, the church lacks a main entrance, in fact you enter laterally through a Renaissance door, near the Chapel of Santa Barbara.
Further north in the lagoon lies Burano, a fishing island made up of hundreds of colorful houses that earn it the title of one of the most colorful towns in the world. Unlike Murano, which enjoyed industrial prowess for much of its history, Burano remained largely agricultural and fishing was its main industry. The colored houses are said to have been painted in bright hues to help fishermen navigate the lagoon on foggy days. Burano is also well-known for its lacemaking traditions, which originated in the 16th century.

Inclusions

  • Live demonstration of lacemaking
  • Guided tour

Exclusions

  • Any service not mentioned in Inclusions

Additional Info

Public transportation options are available nearby

Suitable for all physical fitness levels

No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a no show (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher). Therefore we advise you to locate in advance the departure point and how to get there in order to avoid being late or any inconveniences that will prevent you from being at the meeting point in time for the departure.

The voucher issued at the end of the reservation must be printed (hard copy) and presented at the time of the visit.

In time of high water the tour will not take place.

The tour is collective, so the presence of other participants who have booked is to be expected, up to a maximum of 30 people.

Because of the particular shape of Venice and logistic issues that arise, we cannot guarantee that the intended route of the tour is fully accessible to people with disabilities. This means that some parts of the route may be closed to people in wheelchairs and or with physical impairments. The tour will cross four bridges.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 23-Jun-2023

    What an amazing tour!! My 16 yr old son and I agreed that this was the best tour we did during our 10 days in Italy (Venice/Florence/Rome). Silvia is not only a delightful person, but she really made the island and history of surrounding islands come alive both past and present. If you are anywhere near Burano - DEFINTELY DO THIS TOUR!!

  • 16-Jun-2023

    Highly recommend! I was so pleasantly surprised by this tour- such a beautiful place to visit. The tour guide is local to Burano and clearly loves showing it to visitors. I would leave plenty of time after the tour to wander around, eat, relax and enjoy!

  • 26-Apr-2023

    Silvia is amazing. We picked the one day that was pouring rain and freezing. My fiancée and I somehow barely noticed in the tour. With Silvia it was like meeting up with a friend who happens to know everything about the city. It was the most natural and interactive feeling tour I’ve ever been on. She clearly loves (and knows seemingly everything, and everyone in) the city. She’s also very prepared and showed up happy to guide; even in the pouring rain - complete with laminated images that helped us understand the history. We could not recommend her more highly.

  • 26-Feb-2023

    Silvia was an extraordinary guide to Burano, sharing information about the island's history and the ways in which cultural change and climate change are threatening Burano. She also told us stories about her family's life on the island, for four generations. We all learned so much, and felt warmly welcomed to this small, beautiful island. Silvia's tour was fascinating for all ages (our kids are 16, 13, and 10). This tour, and our visit to Burano, were one of the major highlights of our time in Venice!

  • 18-Oct-2022

    If you are lucky enough to visit the beautiful island of Burano, please do yourself a huge favor and book this tour. We met Silvia and instantly formed a connection…she is so friendly and so happy! You can tell she is proud of her home! Since she lives on Burano she told us some history, fun facts, and answered all of our questions. I wish we could’ve stayed with her for hours. This was THE BEST part of our vacation for sure. We hope to visit Burano again and meet up with Silvia who feels like an old friend.

  • 15-Oct-2022

    Sylvia was wonderful, having grown up in Burano she was able to add personal touches to her discussion of the history of Burano. She takes you to the non touristy places which is a welcome relief from the busy streets.

  • 08-Oct-2022

    We had a wonderful time with the tour and the guide was also wonderful. Her knowledge as a four generation native made it more enjoyable. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was we were supposed to see lacemaking in person and we didn’t.

  • 29-Sep-2022

    While not absolutely necessary, this tour is the best way to see Burano Island in my opinion (I've done it once on my own and once through this tour). Sylvia, the guide, is absolutely amazing. She was born in Burano and is one of the few tour guides that still lives there today. She's very friendly and passionate about island, and given her background is able to give a true "locals" tour including conversations with houseowners / restaurant chefs! On this tour you'll see and learn about some of the history and major sights of Burano, but more importantly you'll learn about the life of the local people there and how it's changed with time.

  • 20-Jun-2022

    The tour was made extra special since Sylvia’s family has lived on Burano for 4 generations. She understands it like no other. Her tour gave an excellent insight into growing up and living on Burano.

  • 08-Jun-2022

    Silvia, our guide was born and raised on the island as were several generations before her. She knows the island inside out which she now shares with her own young family. Locals joined in on our tour along the way adding and real feel for the authenticity of this beautiful island within a lagoon on mystery. Excellent English language guide and can offer you further tours and real in-depth knowledge. Would highly recommend

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