“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”– Michael Palin
Burano is an island in the Venetian Lagoon which is known for its colourful houses and intricate lace work. It is a perfect day trip from the main island of Venice to Burano, which is just about a 45 minutes ride via a Vaporetto.
As we got off the vaporetto, we were greeted by a beautiful masterpiece of colours. Burano is very Instagrammable and I believe that almost all of you have seen a photo of it one way or the other.
Burano is a fishing village and legend has it that people painted their homes in bright colours:
1) so that the fishermen could see them even in thick fog, and avoid crashing into the shore.
2) so that they could distinguish their home from that of their neighbour.
Since then people continued to paint their houses in beautiful rainbow colours and patterns.
Ever wondered why even clothes hanging on doors and windows still create so much beauty in Burano?
There is this house that is more colourful than the rest and has more patterns than the rest. Try to look for it… it is called the house of Bepi Sua (also called “Bepi of Candles”). Aside from being a lover of painting, Bepi also loves movies. During the early 80s, during the warm summer evenings, Bepi would hang a white sheet on the walls of his house and organise an outdoor cinema (usually cartoons and funny movies) for the kids.
He has now passed away but people still remember him and his house has been restored and the external facade still remains unchanged.
Aside from the colourful houses there are more to see in Burano.
You can stroll along the Piazza Galuppi, the main square of Burano, with lots of fish restaurants and shops.
Visit the lace museum and admire the intricate workmanship of the Burano lace.
Visit the Church of St Martin Bishop, with the leaning tower, and the adjacent chapel of Santa Barbara.
See the 3 Bridges of Burano and take a selfie (if you can…as it is usually so full of people)
And lastly, it would be lovely to buy a souvenir of your day in the rainbow coloured fisherman town of Burano.
So now it is time to leave. Passing through the Venetian lagoon again… to our next destination.
Very colourful … very interesting … very Instagram worthy
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