Murano, Burano, Torcello – Discovering The Islands Around Venice

May 1, 2017

Colorful Architecture in Burano Island

Once you had enough of the hustle and bustle of Venice, you should hop on a boat by the Danieli Hotel to visit the islands around Venice. Burano, Murano and Torcello are three fabulous islands of Venice. You have the choice between taking an organized Venice island tour or taking the vaporetto by yourself and visit the islands independently. I would suggest you to check the vaporetto (water bus) schedule (orari vaporetti venezia in Italian), before you take off for the journey, because the water buses dont run very frequently to these islands. Murano and Burano are the most interesting but also a bit touristy islands of Venice.

Burano

The island of Burano (Isola di Burano) is famous for its colorful architecture. It is famous for its small brightly painted houses. The colors of the houses originated from the golden ages. When one wants to paint his house, he has to get the color approved by the local government. The island of Burano is the most colorful island in Venice. From Venice to Burano it takes about 40 minutes by vaporetto. The island was famous for artisan lace makers. Lace making began in the 16th century and the island has been famous for it ever since. The island is very picturesque. You can see everything on the island in about an hour. Burano island in Venice is a very Instagrammable destination and one should not miss it during a trip to Venice.

Burano Island, Venice

Burano Island, Venice

Murano

After seeing Burano, I got back on the ferry to visit the next island, Murano, (Isola di Murano) which is famous for glass making. It is very beautiful as well. It is also known as the glass island. This island is slightly larger than Burano. It was initially settled by the Romans. Murano island of Venice minted its own coins in the old days. In 1291, glass makers in Venice were forced to move to Murano, because of a risk of fire. Soon after, the island became famous for glass beads and mirrors and later for chandeliers. The island became the largest producer of glass of Europe. Today the Murano Glass Museum can still be visited. It is easy to get from Venice to Murano, hop on the water bus No 41 or 42 at Fondamente Nuove and you will be in Murano in 10 minutes. The island of Murano is a fascinating place and an incredible place to visit.

Glass Art on Murano Island

Glass Art on Murano Island

Glass Art on Murano Island

Glass Art on Murano Island

Torcello

The last island one has to visit around Venice, is Torcello. The famous cathedral in Torcello, Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, was founded in 639. Torcello had a population of 10-30,000 people around the 10th century. It was a much more important trading center at the time than Venice was. Later on, the lagoon near Torcello became a swamp attracting malaria spreading mosquitoes. The population eventually abandoned the island and fled to the neighbouring islands. Today, there are only about 10 people living in Torcello. I took some photos in Attila the Hun’s chair, walked across the Devil’s Bridge (Ponte del Diavolo) and then took a ferry back to Venice. It is a beautiful way to spend a day away from touristy Venice, discovering these picturesque islands.

Famous Cathedral on Torcello Island

Famous Cathedral on Torcello Island

Torcello Island

Torcello Island

Attila the Hun's Chair on Torcello Island

Attila the Hun’s Chair on Torcello Island

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About Barbara

Barbara is a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger. She started traveling through Paris, London, New York, Milan, Tokyo at the age of 17 to conquer the World as a model. Ever since, she has visited 67 countries. She writes about the most exclusive jet-set destinations such as Cannes, Venice Film Festivals, Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris as well as yacht parties in St-Tropez, Miami Art Basel, Biennale in Venice, Frieze in London or the Royal Wedding in Monaco.

  • I love this guide as most of the people think of only the Gondola when going to Venice. Venice is a lovely place and it’s good to grab some gelato while walking around, too.

    • Barb

      Yes, i love gelato as well. It is indeed a beautiful destination with a lot to see.

  • Antonette Spaan

    Great post – also because everyone always writes about Venice but not about the surrounding islands. I didn’t even know they were actually this interesting. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Barb

      Yes, they are amazing. Everyone should see them when in Venice.

  • Jen Ryder

    I had heard about colorful Burano, but hadn’t heard of Morano or Torcello. Both look like awesome islands to visit, off the beaten track. Thank you for sharing!

    • Barb

      Yes, these islands are really beautiful. Everyone should see them, who visits Venice.

  • megan_claire

    Great guide! I often hear of people heading to Venice and only spending 1-2 days, because they assume they can just hit the main tourist site and after St Mark Square they’re done. But there are so many incredible sites in the surrounds, and not many people know about the islands – definitely worth the trip to each!

    • Barb

      Yes, for sure. I spend 12 days in Venice this time.

  • I visited Venice and didn’t go to any of the islands at all…what a shame! Maybe that’s a reason for another visit 🙂

    • Barb

      I like to go back to Venice every 2-3 years, because there are so many places to see. So, I can certainly recommend you to return.

  • Reshma

    Great to know about these islands, which definitely seem worth visiting. I loved Torcello the most from your pictures!

    • Barb

      How funny! Torcello is the least touristy.

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  • Chrysoula Manika

    I went to Venice when I was ten and remember taking the vaporetto to all those islands but I don’t remember much.i am planning to go back soon. The islands make the perfect day trip from touristry Venice

    • Barb

      Yes, sure. You should go back. I am always happy to go back to Venice.

  • Tasha Haley

    Wow! this place is absolutely stunning, thanks for sharing these pictures with us. It looks amazing

    • Barb

      Sure, I m glad you liked them.

  • I really wanted to visit Murano last time I was in Venice but I didn’t get a chance to! I hadn’t even heard of the other villages so I’ll have to check those out next time I’m there. Murano glass is world famous so I think visiting the museum would be interesting.

    • Barb

      I think so too, but I didnt have too much time to spend on the island.

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