Travelling to Venice is much more than just the main set of islands. What many people don’t know, is that there are a few other very interesting islands just a mere 7,5Euro away. From Venice it’s possible to visit Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Murano is (apparently) tourist-infested as much as Venezia, and the prices for the glass pieces are raked high for authenticity and convenience, where as Torcello doesn’t have much to offer due to its population of 17 people.
We planned to visit Burano, made it happen despite the scorching heat, and it was a fairly great experience. Of course it’s not empty, but it’s reasonable in comparison to San Marco Square or Rialto Bridge. It’s a great way to escape from the swarms of tourists, and by turning the right (or wrong) corners, you can end up on completely empty, but, colourful streets.
To escape the heat, there were a couple shops selling gelato, drinks, and snacks, but of course had their prices raked high for the tourism. Just like the rest of Venice, finding the shops further from the crowded areas could save you a couple of cents.
Burano is a great place to visit, but would probably appeal more to photography-lovers rather than someone who prefers a metropolitan city. Though we didn’t travel with an extremely high-quality camera, we still managed to capture moments that will always add a bit of colour to our memories.
All in all, Burano is a beautiful place, and definitely should be on everybody’s Venitian to-do list.