The islands of Murano and Burano in Venice are quickly becoming must-see places on any trip to the area. While the main island of Venice is slowly becoming over-crowded and a bit too kitsch, there are parts of Venice you can still visit for a more authentic experience.
The easiest way to get to Murano and Burano is by local ferry. A ferry ticket that allows you to get on and off the ferry all day will set you back 20 euro per person. You can catch the number 12 line which goes to Murano, Burano and Torcello. It departs from the Fondamente Nove station on the main island of Venice, however there is no ticket office here. You can either buy tickets on the ferry or at the offices once you arrive in Murano. Here is the trip planner for all the ferry lines in Venice.
Murano is filled with shops selling Murano glass and a few factories where you can witness some glass blowing. The ferry will stop here first, however if you want to beat the crowds, hold off on visiting Murano and instead stay on board to visit Burano first.
Wall mosaics and glass blowing in Murano.
Burano’s colourful houses have stolen the hearts of many a traveler. Every canal is a postcard shot and the island is a whole lot more peaceful than the main island of Venice. Don’t forget to check out the lace museum and Burano’s own leaning tower, St Marks Campanile, which no matter how many photos of it you take, still appears straight!
Even the alleyways are colourful in Burano! St Marks Campanile, Burano’s own leaning tower.
The ferry stop for the 12 line on the main island of Venice.