Pack Your Bags: Burano, Italy

While it may be a place

that can completely be "seen" in a day or two,
Venice is an absolute must 
for planning a trip to Italy.

Maybe you don't have to go your first trip...
but promise me, 
at some point in your life,
you'll make it here.

It's like nothing you've ever seen.

After visiting Venice a handful of times,
I was pretty confident that I had seen all there was to see.

Until my sister pointed me in the direction 
of the island of Burano
during a trip there in 2007.

Now Murano is the really famous island 
where all the gorgeous glass is made,
but Burano is the other island,
that's located a bit further out,
where the (somewhat less famous) Venetian lace has it's home.

While it was fairly unknown a handful of years ago,
it has grown increasingly popular
over the past five to ten years.

Each time we go,
the boat has more and more people on it
and the island's main canal 
has more people walking down 
taking in the gorgeous colors of the island.

Even with it becoming "discovered,"
it's still absolutely worth seeing for yourself.

So why spend your time in Venice 
heading out to Burano?

Well for starters,
it's gorgeous.

Each house is painted a different color
that creates an effect that is incredibly charming.

It's also tiny 
so it's a perfect way 
to fill an afternoon 
with walking, picture taking & eating.

{Which are the best parts of traveling, right?}

If it's sunny, you can find warm nooks by the water
and take a little snooze in the sunshine.

Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! asked if I had ever eaten 
at a restaurant that she had seen featured on Anthony Bourdain
located on the (tiny) main canal
with a green & white striped awning.

Umm, nope.
But I was determined not to miss it this time.

We only found one restaurant with a green & white awning.

We walked in to find a really basic restaurant
that was stuffed with Italians.

{This my friends, is a good sign in a tourist destination.}

It was lasagna day
and Tyler made the genius choice
to order the plate of the day.

I only got one tiny corner bite,
but it was incredible...
 Completely worth a Ryan Air flight back 
just for plate of my own.

{My soup was pretty tasty, too... but the lasagna won.}

I still have no idea what the name of the restaurant is
but you should be able to find it
if you're on the main drag...

UPDATE: Apparently, it wasn't the same place from the show...
that place is called "Da Romano."

So now you have two recommendations for dining in Burano.

One from me, one from Anthony Bourdain. 
You can pick his over mine, it won't hurt my feelings.


From there,
enjoy the quiet stroll around the island
and the opportunity to take pictures
and simply enjoy la dolce vita.

Here are few things to know
for your trip to Burano:

Take the Vaparetto #12
from Fondamente Nove...
located on the northern part of Venice,
about a 15 minute walk from the big touristy areas.

This is the quickest boat (about 45 minutes)
and will stop at both Murano & Burano.

If you aren't planning on traveling by boat
anywhere else that day,
you can buy single tickets (€7 each way)
and save some money from purchasing thh 24 hour pass.

The boats run approxiamately every 30 minutes
at 20 minutes & 50 minutes past the hour.

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy

Posted on January 29, 2013 and filed under "Italy", "europe", "travel", "venice".