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    Colourful houses

    by cheapskate Written Feb 18, 2006

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    This place is like a rainbow island to me. All houses are painted in vibrant colours and no 2 consecutive houses are painted in the same colour.

    This is like the ideal island for some Nippon or Dulux paint advertisement.

    Besides the colourful houses, there are many lace shops because this is where the famour venetian silk comes from. I couldn't locate the lace factories though i think most families make the lace themselves. there is a lace museum.. but i'm not THAT into lace.. so i'll pass with the history of lace....

    With so many lace shops in my face.. how can i not buy anything.. i mean.. i don't even like lace.. and i still landed up buying a toilet roll holder?!?! Geez.. gone-case shopaholic!

    rows and rows of Colourful houses lace shops
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    MAMA MIA, THE COLORS, THE COLORS.

    by travelgourmet Updated Apr 27, 2008

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    Burano is one of the must island visits when in Venice. If only to see the spectacular colors that transform the homes into personal artworks and makes the waterways come alive as an artist's palate.
    Make sure you cross over the many bridges and walk the lanes of these splashes of color to truly enjoy Burano.

    NO NEED FOR ADDRESSES, COLOR ONLY MY HOUSE IS BRIGHTER THAN YOUR HOUSE I SEE AN OPEN PARKING AREA AHEAD IRISH AMONGST THE ITALIANS
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    Burano Houses

    by fishandchips Updated Jun 6, 2006

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    Burano has such a colourful array of buildings. Everywhere you look the houses are brightly painted to reflect this Island's passion for life. The boats sitting along the canals are similarly painted creating a really vibrant feel to this small island.

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    Burano

    by Mahieu Updated Aug 1, 2004

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    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!

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    Colours and lace in Burano

    by Jefie Updated Sep 21, 2010

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    The second stop on our cruise was the island of Burano, which is located about 8 km north of Venice. If Murano is known all around the world for its glass production, Burano is almost as famous for its lace. Around 4,000 people live on this tiny island, which is also famous for its brightly painted houses. To this day, fishing and lacemaking remain the island's two biggest industries. Burano's lace has long been recognized as some of the finest produced in Europe thanks to a special technique called "punto in aria" that was developed by the island's lacemakers in the 16th century. In 1872, a school of lacemaking was even established on the island to teach this technique to young women (the school is now home to the Museum of Lace). However, one should know that the lacework found in the island's numerous little shops is not all authentic Burano lace, which might actually be a good thing because real lace made the traditional way can be very expensive given the number of hours that goes into making a piece.

    Since we only had 40 minutes to spend on the island, we used most of our time in Burano to walk up and down the lively little streets and take pictures of the island's colourful houses. We also stopped by a couple of lace shops (didn't find any pigs there!) and visited the church of San Martino, which is open to visitors free of charge. The church's campanile is one of the region's most famous leaning bell towers and it can best be admired from the lagoon where it seems to greet visitors who have chosen to escape from Venice for a few hours. I have to admit that of the three islands we visited on that day, Burano was my favourite!

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    Burano - The famous leaning tower!

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 8, 2007

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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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    The island of Burano.

    Directions:
    Burano can be reached from the Fondamenta Nuove of Murano Faro stop, taking the LN Line.

    The leaning tower of San Martino Cathedral. San Martino Cathedral at Piazza Caluppi. Jeroen having lunch at Trattoria
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    Burano island

    by PetraG Written May 23, 2003

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    This is one of the small islands in the lagoon of Venice. You can reach it by ferry easily leaving from San Marco-station.
    Burano is a very nice place. The houses are small and in different colours what makes the atmosphere very special. You feel like being in Disneyland...
    Burano is famous for it's handycrafts (esp. laces). You'll find many little shops around the islands where women are sitting and doing their crafts.

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    Lovely coloured Burano Houses

    by susancallus Updated Jun 16, 2006

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    Contrary to Venice, Burano is a very quiet and relaxing island! It's more like a typical village with it's lovely vivid coloured houses all different from each other. As soon as we arrived there we fell in love with this small island or village! The village people are so friendly and they seem that they have stopped the time their by 50 years or more!!!!! The island is famous for its wonderful lace and the restaurants there, offers the tourist delicious fresh seafood. When you're passing by it's easily that you get cought by the pleasant smell of their cooking specialities of fish! mmmmmmhhhh ...I still can smell it right now!

    houses of Burano and small lake on a little bridge a typical village house in Burano
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    Burano - The lace island in the lagoon.

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 8, 2007

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    Bustling 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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    The island of Burano.

    Directions:
    Burano can be reached from the Fondamenta Nuove of Murano Faro stop, taking the LN Line.

    Beautiful surroundings of Burano. On our way to the Piazza Caluppi. Have a look at the colours!
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    Burano - Ancient lagoon casoni (fishing lodge).

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 8, 2007

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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 island of Burano.

    Directions:
    Burano can be reached from the Fondamenta Nuove of Murano Faro stop, taking the LN Line.

    Four of the many painted houses of Burano. Modern style painted houses. Great small house in the traditional colour.
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  • Take a trip to Burano

    by holmes04 Written Mar 27, 2008

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    We took a tour that went to Murano, Burano and Torcello. Next time we go to Venice (love it, so will definitely go back) I would take taxis to the islands instead, particularly Burano.

    There was very little time allowed in Murano, only enough to watch a glass blowing demonstration. Would like to explore the island more. Would also like more time in Burano as I just love the beautifully coloured houses. It would be a treat to stay on the island for one of the nights in Venice I think. There was only enough time to briskly walk across Torcello to the habitated area (well there were a couple of buildings there), quickly stick your head into the church, grab a souvenir if so inclined then briskly head back to the ferry.

    But definitely go to Burano - beautiful!

    Beautiful Burano Love the colours
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    Visit the colored village BURANO

    by BenFromParis Updated Apr 26, 2006

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    If you have 4 hours to lose, I recommend you to visit the island Burano. This island, situated at 45 mn by boat from Venise, is really beautiful, all the houses are painted !!! It's surely a little bit full of tourists during summer but if you are a little bit curious, you'll find nice little streets very cute. If you like to take pictures, you can't miss it !!

    Burano and its strange church ....
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    Burano

    by draguza Written Jul 20, 2006

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    Burano is an island in the Venetian Lagoon, although like Venice itself it could more correctly be called an archipelago of islands linked by bridges.
    Burano is also known for its small, brightly-painted houses, popular with artists.

    The colours of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development; if someone wishes to paint their home, one must send a request to the government, who will respond by making notice of the certain colours permitted for that lot. This practice has resulted in the myriad of warm, pastelly colours that characterises the island today.

    Colourful House in Burano
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    A first impression of beautiful Burano

    by sim1 Updated Jan 24, 2005

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    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.

    Burano
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    Taking the Vaperetto to Burano

    by sim1 Updated Jan 26, 2005

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    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.

    Taking the Vaperetto to Burano

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