Why You Need to See Venice’s Other Islands – Burano, Murano, Torcello

Wanderlust Chronicles’ guide to Venice’s other islands, Burano, Murano, & Torcello, and how to get there.

Did you know that Venice is made up of over 117 islands in the Venice lagoon? We didn’t either till we visited. And that’s why we jumped at the chance to explore some of Venice’s other islands, Burano, Murano, and Torcello during our recent visit. And we are so happy that we did. We completely fell in love with one of the islands, Burano, and can’t wait to visit again. So here is the low down on which islands to visit and how to get there.


Burano is definitely our favourite island of them all and even gives the main island a run for its money. We love this fishing village island for its brightly coloured houses that were painted in such an eye-catching way to draw attention to the houses when the fishermen returned in heavy fog after a day out at sea. This sleepy little fishing village is perfect for exploring on foot for an hour or so.

What to see? The brightly coloured houses that line its canals

What to buy? Hand needled lace

How to get there? Vaporetto 12 from San Zaccaria stop. 45 minute trip (7.50 euro)



Murano is probably the most famous of the islands of Venice as its primary export, hand blown glass, has made a name for itself worldwide. A short boat ride from the main island will have you in the heart of Murano exploring the larger canals and watching in awe at the glass blowers faster than you would wait for your next meal to arrive at your table.

What to see? A glass-blowing demonstration

What to buy? Hand blown glass

How to get there? Vaporetto 12 from San Zaccaria stop. 15 minute trip (7.50 euro)


Torcello is the lesser-known island now that only 11 locals reside there. Many of the abandoned houses are maintained and kept in perfect condition but you are unable to enter them. Many tourists visit to see the church Cathedral of Santa Maria Dell’Assunta but we personally felt that with all the other amazing churches you can see in Europe, the visit to this one is underwhelming.

What to see? Cathedral of Santa Maria Dell’Assunta

What to buy? A hot cup of Gluhwein or hot chocolate to keep you warm

How to get there? Vaporetto 9 from Burano Island.


How to get to the islands if you’re short on time?

If you’re low on time, you can take the short 4 hour introduction tour of all three islands. It costs an affordable 20 euros and begins close to San Marco Square.

Tip | We do not recommended this tour in winter if you want to see the bright colours of Burano, as Burano is the last stop on the visit and therefore the sun has already begun to set by the time you reach the island, dulling the colours of the houses.

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Have you visited Venice’s other islands? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

Safe travels xx



  1. January 7, 2016 / 12:56 AM

    I’m going to Burano/Murano soon, so this post was really helpful!! Thank you! Can’t wait to see those colourful houses.

    • January 8, 2016 / 6:11 PM

      Great to hear that it helped Cayce. Definitely time your visit to Burano during the daylight hours if you want great shots of the colours. xx