Isola Burano, Venice
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!
Serenissime Motoscafi, Venezia provide a trip to the three islands Murano, Burano and Torcello.
They tour takes about 3 to 4 hours.
First stop is Murano, where you can see how the glass of Murano is produced, followed by the usual visit to a glass shop. After that, you have to rush back to the boat and won't have the time to explore the rest of the island.
Burano is next and of course you can see how their lace is produced. The stop is very short and doesn't allow you more than just walking down the little streets for a few minutes.
Torcello is the last stop and does not offer much.
After all, we spent EUR 13 (Students Price, normal Price EUR 19) which is a fair price, but you just don't have enough time.
So we left the tour halfway through and went back to Burano to explore the island on our own.
With no space to spare every place imaginable is used by the crafty local. With the nice climate here it is an easy thing to hang out the washing at the front of ones house - not my idea of a nice welcome though.
Burano is a beautiful island between Murano and Torcello. I know in my 'tourist traps' section I've listed Burano lace, but make no mistake, Burano Island itself is a great place to visit. What it lacks in cultural sights, it more than makes up for in atmosphere. It is wonderfully peacefully and the brightly colored fisherman's houses are charming. If you visit Burano, come hungry and eat some great seafood at the trattorie.
Burano's streets are lined with quaint, colorful homes. When I first arrived off of the boat, I walked into a shop that had a postcard of this very scene in this picture. It was dazzling with the blue skies and bright light shining off of the colorful buildings. I tried to recreate the postcard by snapping this photo, but it just goes to show that when it comes to photography, good lighting is everything!!
If you have the time during your trip to Venice, do take the ferry across to the isalnd of Burano. This gorgeous little place is only an hour from Venice and offers a real contrast to the main city. It is a small fishing village, with all the houses painted in bright colours - it reminded me a little of places I have visited in Pembrokeshire.
You can easily spend a few hours here, just wandering around the little streets and canals. There are plenty of restaurants and bars, but if you prefer to buy a snack to eat as a picnic, make sure you do so in the late morning, as many of the bakeries and little shops closed for lunch when we were there.
We just ambled around for three hours, but if you wish there is a lace museum to visit and a church in the town square. Burano is famous for its lace, and prices were often more reasonable than in the tourist areas back in Venice.
Ferries run every 30 minutes from Venice and Lido, and the journey takes about an hour. You can travel to Burano using your traghetto card if you have one.
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.
Burano is only a small island just 7 kms north of Venice proper. The homes and buildings have their own unique style and are brightly coloured. I believe we were told that this originated from days when fisherman came home late and could find their homes easier because of the colour - who knows.
Burano - Lace - one of the best places to shop. Lace-making is to Burano what glass-blowing is to Murano. All over the island you will find exquisite examples of it for sale. In the local Lace-making School, the Scuola dei Merletti, you can watch women at work.
Visit some of the other islands in the lagoon. My favorite is BURANO.Burano is a pretty little fishing island known also for lacemaking.All the houses are painted in bright colors. It is truly adorable.See my travelogue for more pictures of this beautiful place!
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 :-)
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 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!
I just can't help it, all these things are so picturesque! Look at the colour of those houses! From purple to pink! Hahaha, fantastic! And there was no tourist in sight, just us and the local population. This old man was crossing the bridge when I walked along the canal, back from the little harbour.
When you get into the city centre you'll encounter lots of tourists, even off season. But when you go just outside the city centre and wander around the many little streets, it feels like you have Burano all to yourself.
It's a sight you don't see where I used to live in The Netherlands and it was like going back in time for me. Nowadays you only see big fishing boats with modern equipment. I can’t remember seeing anything even remotely resembling this picturesque scene.