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Burano, A Day Trip From Venice


Burano (not to be confused with nearby glass producing Murano) is a small island in Venice’s lagoon easily accessible by vaporetto service from Fondamente Nuove. The Laguna Nord (LN) line leaves every 30 minutes and the trip takes 40 minutes. The boat stops at Murano, Mazzorbo, and Burano. Its proximity to Venice and its unique ambiance make it a worthwhile day-trip, especially for checking out some out of the way fish restaurants.


I recommend disembarking at Mazzorbo, a half deserted little island that is connected to Burano by a bridge. The walk from the Marzzorbo vaporetto stop to Burano takes around 5 minutes, but I stop along the way to admire the 13th century church of Santa Caterina, now enclosed in the walls of a public park.


Once you cross the bridge to Burano, you are free to meander the streets populated with brightly colored houses in varying states of repair. There are a few canals and bridges that criss-cross through the pleasant fishing village. Burano has few major sites-the Church of San Martino and the Lace Museum are the major ones-so the real reason to come here is to get lost in the island life with its Technicolor buildings and, of course, to eat. This dreamy island makes a good backdrop for a food coma induced at restaurants like Trattoria al Gatto Nero, where classic lagoon fish are prepared with care.


Kick off the meal with an antipasto misto for a sampling of marinated and broiled fish. There is an ample selection of primi; especially good are the pasta con canocchie e scampi (with sweet crustaceans) and favolli fritti (fried local crabs). Ask for pesce particolare della laguna to get fish you are unlikely to find beyond Venice’s lagoon. This is definitely the kind of place that inspires ordering antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno and dolce. Walk it all off while wandering the streets of this most surreal island.

Trattoria al Gatto Nero da Ruggero
Via Giudecca, 88
30142 Burano (VE)
Tel. 041 730120

2016-01-09T13:33:00+00:00 May 16th, 2009|Categories: Restaurants, Venice|15 Comments


  1. ciaochowlinda May 17, 2009 at 2:04 am - Reply

    I had a wonderful meal of pasta with seafood at Gatto Nero. Burano in general is a delight – and a photographer’s dream.

  2. GABRIEL May 17, 2009 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Looks incredible! I want to eat it all now!

  3. thepinkpeppercorn May 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Delicious! Now I wish we were going back to Venice on this trip too!

  4. Katie May 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Yeah they dont mess around at Gatto Nero. I love the biodiversity of the lagoon and that you only find certain fish and shellfish at different times of year. GN is a great place to try out the local specialties.

  5. Marion May 18, 2009 at 4:54 am - Reply

    Fried crabs!!! They look fantastic. Were they served with any sort of delicious aioli dipping sauce?

  6. Katie May 18, 2009 at 8:23 am - Reply

    @Marion, no dipping sauce since they are so sweet and flavorful on their own. the most they give you is a lemon wedge.

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  8. Markera August 20, 2009 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Very peaceful and beautiful city. I loves bight color houses and small boats…..

  9. glass jewelry December 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Food coma is right. The fritti plate at the gatto nero looks delicious.

  10. Bonnie February 15, 2011 at 3:05 am - Reply

    Gatto Nero was our favorite meal while visiting Venice. The linguine with clam sauce and the lobster linguine were superb. The tiramisu for desert was the best we ever had. For anyone visiting Venice, this is a must do restaurant and Burano was absolutely beautiful, a photographers dream with all the colorful houses.

  11. Ivey April 21, 2012 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    When I went to Burano I thought a box of crayons had exploded on the island. It definitely is a great delight to see such vivid colors on the houses!

  12. arun April 27, 2012 at 5:26 am - Reply

    Very arrongant folks at Nero – possibly that is the way Italians speak English and handle tourists.

    Overrated – most of the fishing villages in East Asia look similar – Burano is nothing more than a colorfully painted slum or ghetto as the western world calls them.

  13. donna duritsa October 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    I am going to be in Venice this Novmeber. I really want to make a day trip that you are speaking of. I am traveling with Cosmos to Venice. Any information you can send will be greatly appreciated.

  14. sydneycool September 14, 2013 at 2:02 am - Reply

    some of the best seafood and a fabulous risotto alla buranella at Trattoria A;; Gatto Nero. Check out the review on sydneycool

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