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Museo del Merletto

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Museo del Merletto
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Discover centuries-old lacemaking traditions on one of the prettiest islands in the Venetian Lagoon, and see skilled lace-tatters at work.

The women of tiny Burano island have been making lace since at least the 1400s, and this small, interesting museum tenderly recounts their history and traditions. Lace from Burano has long been a luxury item and at one point, hundreds of women were employed—often in sweatshop conditions—in the production of lace. A handful of lacemakers still live on the island today, and you can see them at work in the museum, which is in the former lacemaking academy. 

Time Out tip: Real Burano lace is expensive, and cheap counterfeit products abound in Venice, most of it machine-made in factories nowhere near Burano. For a list of lace shops selling the real thing, check online.

Nearby:
Panificio Pasticceria Palmisano Carmelina: For homemade cookies from a postcard-pretty storefront
Via Baldassarre Galuppi: For a wander down Burano’s “Main Street”
Trattoria da Romano: For risotto that is the stuff of legend

By: Elizabeth Heath

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Venue name: Museo del Merletto
Contact:
Address: Piazza Galuppi 187
Venice

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (summer hours extend to 6pm)
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