Isola Burano, Venice
After walking around for a while I decided to take a break and have a sit down on a wall close to this little harbour. It looked so picturesque and it was so nice and quiet here, no one else around besides the fisherman.
Almost all houses I saw in Burano were colourful, but this house was an exception to the rule. It was weird to see a white house in between all those fabulous colours. It somehow felt that this house didn't belong in Burano. Even the balcony was different to all the other houses in the area.
Tuesday.... Laundry day? It sure looked like it! There were washing lines everywhere in Burano. The houses hardly have any gardens, so they use the streets to hang their laundry as well. Hahaha, it was quite funny at times to walk through the narrow street trying to avoid all the clean clothes :-)
The colours are just amazing, from bright green to several shades of blue. I wonder how they think of choosing such a colour for their houses, hahaha, I would never think of it! But I do have to admit that it looks lovely!
There are several canals in Burano, so you don't have to really search to find them. I think this is the Rio Pontinello. When you get off the vaparetto don't follow the route to the city center but go left. Just wander through the little streets and you'll be sure to end up at this canal.
Of course, after getting fascinated by this place, I wondered about its history and why these houses are painted in so many different brilliant colours. An explanation for it is that the fishermen would like to be able to see their own houses from far out at sea.
The way to get to Burano is to take the vaporetto lines 12 or 14 from Venice's Fondamenta Nuove. This vaporetto also takes you Murano (famous for its glass blowing) and Torcello.
It takes about 40 minutes by ferry from Venice to Burano. It's a beautiful trip on a sunny day like I had. It was a bit chilly because it was November, but the sun was just warm enough. It was wonderful to sit outside on the deck. Hahaha, you have to be quick though, because these seats seem to be gone the fastest. The other option is to sit inside, which is heated.
Burano.... my favourite place of Venice!!! So beautiful! And the colours are just amazing! Burano is a little island in the Venice archipelo. It is a lazy fishing village. And when you go there on a sunny day as I did.... wow, you won't believe your eyes! I loved it here! I have taken so many photos of Burano, hahaha, impossible to show them all. But I did a very good try... and you can see them in this 'off the beaten path' section. So put on your sunglasses, and enjoy these colourfull tips!
The first impression of the beautiful island of Burano : little canals that run through the village with colourful houses on either side of the canal. On the canal there are little boats making it all look even more picturesque. A sunny day completed the picture. wow, I was so amazed by this picturesque place.
I couldn't help it to keep on clicking my camera in Burano until this beautiful light faded away announcing the start of the evening.
If you are considering a day trip in the laguna islands, then Burano is a must. This small fishermen village is so different than Venice that it almost feels it is in another country. The houses are all painted in very bright colors making the whole experience of walking in Burano a treat for the eyes.
some tips :
1. Try to get there very early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the light is warm but not too 'hard'. Your resulting pictures will be the stuff of legend. If you like taking pictures, dont miss Burano at its best (btw, my pic is a bad example.. it was taken around 1pm in May!)
2. on the way to Burano, get out of the vaporetto at the Mazzorbo stop. From there you can walk to Burano (5-10 minutes) and it's a nice quiet way to start your visit of the island (instead of being herded like cattle at the Burano dock)
3. if you can, bring a picnic on Burano and eat it in the park near the vaporetto dockings or on the edge of Mazzorbo island. Restaurants can be found on Burano but they are mainly of the tourist types and are not that great anyways.
If I had to choose between the islands to visit in the northern lagoon Burano would be my number one choice. Its so idyllic just to stroll around the maze of narrow streets "calli" and banks "fondamente" on small canals taking in the colourful views of this fishing and lace island. More info on my Burano page.
You need to get away from the Venice crowd? Then Burano is a great idea. This beautiful colourfull island is less than an hour away from the centre of Venice. It can be reached easily by vaporetto.
If you want to see more of Burano,then check out my Burano page!
I cannot wait to get back to Venice. And when I do, I am going to try to stay a few nights on Burano. The people there are so very friendly and fun. Even listening to my broken Italian, they were very accomodating. There is no doubt, visit this island when you get to Venice.
If you are in Venice be sure to take the time to visit the small island of Burano. It is a very colorful little island as you will see in the picture. Each home is painted a different color. Its about a 40 minute boat ride from Venice. We visited the island with a tour so i'm not sure how to do it otherwise, you may want to check with a travel center.
Soon you will notice the houses have a lot in common - they are bright colours and have wooden shutters.
Burano is an island where the tradition of lace handicraft is still alive. The original Burano is really expensive, so be careful when buying them. Cheap laces are imported from asian countries.