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    The famous leaning tower!

    by Jerelis Written Apr 27, 2012

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    After this walk we came to Via Baldascare Galuppi that opened onto the square with the same name. It was time for a late lunch. We had a really great lunch at Trattoria "Da Primo" at Piazza Caluppi, the main square. It offered us traditional dishes based on a time-honoured cooking tradition that makes ample use of the local fish produce, the typical ingredients of the humble fishermen and farmers of the island, the harvest of the lagoon. The food was simple but very tasty, and splendid in the simplicity of its preparation.

    After this lunch we visited the San Martino Cathedral, which was build in the 16th century. The famous leaning tower is of the early 18th century. It also houses the "Crocefissione" painting by Tiepolo. We also saw some women working away at their lacy creations in the shade of their homes and in the parks. Lace making was a craft which was valued very high of and Burano is very famous because of it. But choose carefully if you plan to buy lace on Burano, as these days much of the cheaper stuff is imported from Asia. If you're interested in the lace history of Burano we recommend you to visit the Museo del Merletto, which explores the craft and history of Burano lace.

    Our conclusion is that Burano is a treat for the senses. Vibrant colour is everywhere, Italian pizza wafts through the air, small faily-owned cafes offer detectable meals, lacey linens feel cool and soft to be touched. But, best of all, the sounds of Burano offer a quiet playfulness compared to the crowded bustling of Venice.

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    Ancient lagoon casoni (fishing lodge).

    by Jerelis Written Apr 27, 2012

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    Four of the many painted houses of Burano.
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    As soon as we got off the vaporetto we walked along Via Marcello and turned right to the Fondamenta si San Mauro. We already passed stalls of lace vendors. Besides admiring the lace we advice you to pop into a cake shop to taste the famous Bussolia Buranelli, butter biscuits made in a round shape that are wonderful when drunked in sweet Vin Santo.

    The Burano houses have their distant origin in the ancient lagoon casoni (fishing lodges) buildings made of reeds and mud with thatched roofs, generally with a square plan and no more than 2 or 3-storey high. The homely Burano cottages stand side by side in long rows, following the gentle curve of the canals and, possibly, the exposure to the sunlight. The facades are brightly painted in primary colours, each house a different, personalized hue.

    The village's pastel-coloured houses have appeared on countless postcards, but they're more that just pretty facades. They say that the bonbon colours have their origins in the fishermens desire to be able to see their own houses when heading home from a long day at the sea. Given the island's distance from Venice we really had the feeling of having arrived somewhere else. We took time to wonder into the quietest corners and shady parks.

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    The lace island in the lagoon.

    by Jerelis Written Apr 27, 2012

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    On our way to the Piazza Caluppi.
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    ustling Burano is another famous island in the lagoon. It's the island of fishers, of lace and of brightly painted houses. However secluded, distant and off the beaten path as it may appear today, Burano has always been closely connected to Venice, whose glorious past it has shared in good and bad times. We first visited the island of Murano and that point on we took the vaporetto to Burano. The trip wasn't scenic at all and was made with a larger vaporetto with very linited outside deck.

    The ancient layout of the town has been preserved through the centuries, developing over some smaller islands divided by the 3 main canals. This means that the island has one main street and several offshoots.

    Finally do remember that visitors to Venice usually stay for only 1 day. They are so packed with things to see in the city that very few find time to visit the islands. When they do, they go to Murano, much closer to Venice and more famous because of the art of glassmaking. Making time to reach Burano rewarded us with an unique experience. The noise of boat engines, the queues of tourists from the package tours could not detract from the beauty of this place. Here, very little has changed.

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    Houses

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 2, 2011

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    I wonder if there is rule about painting houses, made by community authorities, or each owner has right to paint picking the colour he likes? If houses in a row, one after another, then we can notice that in some cases left hand didnt know what right hand is doing. Certain houses and their colours matching as "punch in the eye".

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    Bridges

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 2, 2011

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    Most of Burano bridges look alike copy of those in Venice, in particularly bridges across the narrow chanels at Dorsoduro or Canneregio. All are made of stone and conkrete and arched in style, except for the one made of wood. The wooden bridge look alike the newest construction.

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    Canals

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 2, 2011

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    The inhabitants of Burano, century after century, consolidated and raise again the ground, dug canals and raise bridges, transforming a swamp in a hospitable place. The final result looking good and very charming, Burano become touristic attraction.

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    Stroll around the island

    by Herkbert Written Jun 19, 2010

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    The best thing you can do on Burano is to just wander through the streets. Walk along the canals, see the boats, the houses, the gardens and engage the people. We found the people there to be very friendly and kind.

    The island isn't big enough to get lost. A couple hours of wandering will open your eyes to some beautiful sites.

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    Chiesa of San Martino

    by Herkbert Written Jun 19, 2010

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    Upon approaching the island by boat, it looked to me as though the campanile had a significant lean to it. Up close it isn't as noticeable. Inside, the church is very traditional Italian, though not overly ornate. Of special note is a painting of the crucifixion by Tiepolo the elder that is housed inside.

    Very nice and worth a visit.

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    Colourful Fishing Village

    by AusPinay Written May 21, 2010
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    The fishermen of Burano are remarkably artistic. Our guide said a long ti,e ago, the men of the village started painting their houses different colourful hues to distinguish their homes from their mates and also so they can see their houses evedn from a distance and when it is dark, muggy or during bad weather. They also can distinguish the family whom a fishermen belongs to in case he meets an unexpected demise at sea by the kind of design he has on his clothes.

    It is truly a test of man's resilience that this village has remained remarkably well preserved after centuries on!

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    Visit Lace Shops & Get a Lacemaking Demo

    by AusPinay Written May 21, 2010
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    This island village is small but terrible! The f ishermen's houses are not the only attraction but the lacemaking in the village is a good example of the artistic and enduring talent of the locals here!

    Our tour guise treated us to a provate demo of how the old ladies do the lace in this island. It takes ages to make those intricate designs in almost every facet of clothing- tablecoths, runners, tops, skirts, pants, any thing can be maded of lace! Unbelievable patience and endurance!

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    San Martino Vescovo Church

    by calcaf38 Updated Nov 23, 2009

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    From the boat, the bell tower of this church looks like it leans a lot. From a closer perspective, you don't see the leaning so much. I checked on line, and the bell tower leans 1.8m off vertical.

    The reason why bell towers (Campanile) tend to lean is that they are much heavier than houses. Add to this the fact that Burano - like Venice - is built on muck, and you shouldn't be surprised that bell towers are prone to leaning and that some have collapsed in the past.

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    Enjoy the colors!

    by calcaf38 Updated Nov 23, 2009

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    The main point to visiting Burano is to criss-cross the whole island so that you can enjoy the colorful houses.

    It would be a great place to set up your easel. Not having such talent, I took a lot of photos, and I am assembling a few more of them in a travelogue below.

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    Take Pictures

    by grandmaR Written May 18, 2009

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    One of the main things to do in Burano is to take pictures. It is hard to move without seeing a picture that you want to take. Some people say that Burano is the way Venice was a thousand years ago.

    The story goes that the houses are painted brilliant colors in order that fisherman could find their way home in the winter fogs.

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    Chiesa of San Martino

    by lina112 Written Aug 16, 2008

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    Apart from the painted houses, Burano's most identifiable landmark is the island's church, San Martino, which has an impressively-leaning belltower, to rival the most slanting of Venice's campanili. Inside the church is a Cruxifixion by Tiepolo.

    Aparte de las casas pintadas de colores lo mas destacado en Burano es la iglesia de San Martino con su impresionante campanario inclinado. En ella se encuentra la crucifixion de Tiepolo.

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    Exploring Burano

    by lina112 Written Aug 16, 2008

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    Exploring Burano provides countless photo opportunities. There are many charming yards, squares where drying laundry and houses full of colour adds to the general decorative gaiety of Burano.

    Andar por Burano te da infinitas oportunidades de tomar fotos. Hay muchas plazas calles donde encuentras la ropa colgada y casas llenas de color que da vida a esta pequeña isla

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