You may notice that buying lace is not on the list, even though Burano is famous, historically, for lace. There's even a lace museum, and some days it features lace-making demonstrations. But these days not much lace is actually produced on the island. There is lots available for purchase, but check before you commit: most of it is made in China.
Don't get me wrong: Murano is pretty, and worth a visit, especially if you like glass or want to buy a chandelier (they do ship). Plus, it's on the way to Burano. Visit the Glass Museum, the church of Santi Maria e Donato, and one of the glass factories to catch a glass-blowing demonstration – which will most likely produce a Ferrari-like horse.
If you want to get a little further off the beaten path, hop on the shuttle vaporetto from Burano to the island of Torcello. It used to be the seat of the Venetian Empire so has a couple historically significant churches which house some incredible frescoes and mosaics. Apart from that, and a couple restaurants, there isn't much more to see on Torcello.
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