Burano is no doubt the most colorful island in the lagoon of Venice, the facades of its houses are painted pink, blue, green, yellow, indigo.
The inhabitants decided to paint their houses to give fishermen a way to see their homes when they returned from fishing and fog enveloped the island. A very popular landmark, painted in a plethora of bright colors, is “Bepi’s house“.
The island is made up of several islets linked by bridges, one of which takes to the island of Mazzorbo.
The only square in Burano is Piazza Galuppi with the church of San Martino. The bell tower is strongly leaning, due to a sinking of the wooden piles on which the basement was built. The statue of Baldassare Galuppi, famous organist and composer also known as “buranelo”, stands at the center of the square.
Once an island of fishermen and farmers, Burano is mostly known today for its traditional lace-making craft. The art of lace-making appeared at the beginning of 16th century, Venice became an important center of this industry.
At the end of 19th century, thanks to the enterprising efforts of Mr. Fambri and Countess Marcello, a lace-making school and workshop were founded here, under the patronage of the Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoy.
The island’s food specialty is the Bussolà, a delicious S-shaped biscuit (also seen in a round version), made of flour, eggs, sugar, butter plus variable flavours. For a sweet stop-over, your address is Palmisano Carmelina bakery in the island’s square.
Amazing Venice in a day
- The best landmarks of Venice in one day
- Admire the Golden Basilica and the historical Doge Palace
- Walking tour in the heart of Venice
Visit the best landmarks of the city in one day! An exclusive combination of tours to admire Venice in all its splendor!
Walk trought Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo (the “Pantheon” of Venice), the Great school of Charity before viewing Marco Polo’s House and the Malibran Theatre. Return to San Marco through the main shopping area, Mercerie. Move to the front of the entry line and take a guided tour through Doge’s Palace (the Palazzo Ducale).
Doge’s Palace guided tour
The Palazzo Ducale represented for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In his splendid rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of masterpieces of painting, the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a thousand-year history republic. You’ll live it together with a Guide that will show you the halls of power, plunging you in a very particular historical context: the European Middle Ages and the immediately following centuries.
Follow a tour guide through St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the most majestic cathedrals in the world. Learn about byzantine art and its religious background while taking a glimpse at the gold mosaics and marble floors.
Optional glass demonstration
At the end of your activity you will have the opportunity to do the free optional tour the Glass Craftsman Demonstration visiting a Glass Factory very close to Saint Mark’s square (20 minutes tour). Please follow the instruction that our staff will provide to you locally.
You may visit by yourself the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark’s Square: Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. You will discover the many paintings and sculptures that narrate the venetian life-style in the past. be stunned in themagnificent Napoleonic wing with rooms restored for Sissi Empress Austria. (more…)
|Know before to go
This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.
Tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of unexpected religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed the days after otherwise it will be refunded)
For the visit of the Basilica suitable clothing is required (no shorts)
For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Doges’ Palace and the Basilica: Prior to your visit you must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso (St. Mark's Square, Calle San Basso). The storage service is free of charge but please allow sufficient time!
Guided tour. From march to november the visit could be bilingua. From April to October the visit is monolingual
Mobile vouchers are accepted.
During some days of high turnout or for reasons of force majeure (for example high tide or security problems) the waiting time to access to St.Mark's Basilica might be longer than expected: in this case, please line up and respect the instructions provided by the guide
St. Mark's Square- Clock tower near exchange office (the white building with the blue clock facade). Our assistant will wait for you with a sign "TOUR". Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time.
-Shared walking tour with professional guide
– Shared guided tour to Doge's Palace and Basilica with with professional guide
– Entrance ticket valid to visit yourself the palaces around St. Mark’s Square (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)
– Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people
– Glass Craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square.
– Free deposit for bags