Exploring the Venetian Lagoon: Burano Island

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If you haven't been to Venice yet, you should definitely go. It's has a rich history and culture, unique setting and is a architectural marvel. There is so much to see and experience that you should plan to spend at least 3 days there.

But to fully enjoy it, plan at least 5 because there is much more to see than just Venice. This time we will focus on Burano, a small island located 7km north-east from Venice. Technically, Burano is a archipelago made of 4 islands that are connected by bridges. There was also a fifth island but the canal was filled merging the islands San Martino Destra and San Martino Sinistra together.
Burano is densely populated with about 2800 people almost completely covered in buildings having very small green areas. But that density is a part of the charm for this small island(s).

If you ever visit Venice, make sure to visit Burano! You will instantly fall in love with this charming and peaceful  island. Almost every house is painted in a different, vivid color. Legend has it that they are painted that way so the fisherman would know which house is which during the heavy fog. The colorfulness of these charming houses is something you will remember and make you wish to move there and live in harmony with the island. Burano has that peaceful laidback feel in opposition from tourist packed Venice where is impossible to take a picture of the canal bridges without at least 100 people doing the exact same thing. You can casually stroll the streets of Burano and take pictures without bumping into people and fighting your way for a better position.
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Burano's colorful streets will make you want to explore every corner of the island which, because it's not really that large of a place, could, and you will not be disappointed with your expedition. In case you don't have the time to explore everything, there are a few sites that you must visit. The leaning church of San Martino is, besides the painted houses, the most recognizable landmark with it's leaning tower (there are 4 leaning towers in Venice area). There is also a museum and school dedicated to Burano's rich tradition of lacemaking. And of course, there are charming restaurants beside the canals which you must visit.


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In conclusion, we could say that Burano is a colorful,small and soulful cousin of Venice that, if you really want to experience Venice in full, you simply must visit. And don't blame us if your heart will be broken when you have to leave :) 
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