Burano, Italy is a delightful, little island nestled in the north of the Venetian Lagoon. Or to be more accurate it is four teeny islands joined together by several foot bridges. The island has long been renowned for it’s detailed lace work and rainbow hued houses.
It is the perfect side trip to get away from the
madness bustle of Venice as it is only a 40-minute trip on a vaporetti (Venetian ferry). Yet, it has bundles of charm and far fewer crowds.
Burano made lace can easily be bought from a multitude of shops on the island and I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t just old-fashioned stuff that you’d find at your grandmas. I saw a fair amount of lace that was modern and fresh!
For me personally the plan for the day was just to stroll around for a couple of hours absorbing the ambience, then chill and take a long lunch (completely recommend Trattoria al Gatto Nero). The brightly coloured houses really create a cheerful atmosphere and make everything bloody adorable. With countless instagram moments in every nook and cranny.
The vivid colours are thought to have originally been painted so the local fisherman could easily spot their homes and navigate through the Venetian fog. Luckily it seems this tradition will long continue, as even now if a house owner wishs to repaint their house in a new colour they are required to send a letter seeking approval from the government! That could be quite annoying if you are a Burano home owner but the colourful colours really have helped create a beautiful oasis that is well worth a side trip from Venice.
Doorporn heaven – I am slightly obsessed at the moment with taking photos of doors, windows, floors, ceilings and flippin door handles! Yep, door handles.
Fancy drinking fountain 🙂
As Burano is made up of four smaller islands there are a few quaint canals.
I am not sure if she’s pondering something super important or bored waiting for somebody…
Burano local going home. Many of the houses have curtains across the doors. I would say this is to prevent
nosy curious tourists from looking inside.
Gorgeous, narrow allleyways create a fun maze all over the island.
Sightseeing is hard work. It’s also thirsty work so please note the Prosecco on Burano is fabulous 🙂