First up is Murano.
It takes less than 15 minutes by boat from the main Venice Island to reach Murano. The first thing you’ll spot is the tall lighthouse, our drop-off point. Murano isn’t too dissimilar from main Venice, with it’s terracotta buildings and sweet canal bridges. The Island is most well known for making glass in vibrantly bright colours which you will find in all shapes and sizes around the little trinket shops along the canals. Apart from a tour around the glass factory (which is bound to have a massive queue, be warned), there’s not really much to do on Murano, but it is a pleasant island to walk around. I even managed to buy myself a little treat before we jumped aboard a water bus to our next destination.
Burano is an island that is known for making beautiful, delicate lace. But that’s not all. It is the most colourful place I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. The houses here are painted all colours of the rainbow; from electric blue, to lime green. Literally every single building is a different colour! I’m not sure if it’s some strange law whereby everyone must paint their house/shop in some outlandish colour, but whatever it is, I’m totally behind it! It’s like a real life Balamory, just without the freakishly happy locals.
Like with Murano, there’s not actually much to do on Burano. It’s also a lot smaller than Murano too, but with houses as pretty as these it’s an even more pleasant walk. It does have cute little shops selling beautiful lace products and a couple of places to sit and eat some pizza. With each corner we turned, we’d find a house prettier than the last and chance our mind about which one would be our future home (mine was the yellow with the sunshine door).
So, if you’ve a trip to Venice planned I highly recommend hopping on a water bus and visiting Burano, the island of the most colourful houses ever! And, if you’re interested to see how Murano glass is made, or maybe you’d like to buy some, then check out Murano on the way, if colourful glass is of no interest to you, I’d recommend skipping this Island and heading straight for the most Instagrammable place, ever!