Idyllic Isola di Burano… Bellissima!

December 10, 2012 / Places
Isola di Burano, Veneto
The next time you are planning a visit to Venice, be sure to include enough time to visit charming and colorful Isola di Burano. Located in the Venetian Lagoon, Burano is only about four miles and a short 30-40 minute trip from Venice by vaporetto. Lesser known than nearby Murano, famous for its long history of glass making, Burano is known for its lace and colorful character.

Freshly painted in a vivid palette of vibrant pastels, adjoining residences compete for your camera lens! Since Italians don’t use screens, doorways are shielded from the heat (and prying eyes!) by coordinating curtains gently dancing in the breeze and, sometimes, accompanied by laundry content to be basking in the sun of this charming island.

However, all of this color is not for our benefit alone, but has been a long standing tradition. A fishing village for many centuries, when weary fishermen and sailors returned from the sea, the vibrant and distinctive color of their home guided and greeted them home. Even though the color choices are now regulated by permits from the government, we too feel welcomed and grateful for this tradition.

Regulated or not, tradition and pride (and perhaps a bit of competition?) is apparent at every turn as we are greeted by cheerful and lively hues of yellow, green, lavender, pink, red… Our spirits are lifted, our delight doubled by the dazzling reflections dancing in the canals.

Victoria De Maio

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10 Responses to “Idyllic Isola di Burano… Bellissima!”

  1. What a day to receive this little slice of Venice. It was already my plan to walk from my apartment hidden away in Castello to the Celestia vaporetto stop (about 10 minute walk from my door) take it to Fondamenta Nova and catch the first vaporetto I can to Burano tomorrow. It is cold but clear and sunny. My camera and I will love it.
    I am here in Venice for a month. It is going way too fast.
    Grazie mille!

  2. Giuseppe Spano
    Giuseppe Spano

    Thank you Vittoria for the odd place to see and the wonderful additional fotos

  3. Paula (Giangreco) Cullison

    Grazie Mille :-) I first visited Burano in 1963 .. returned in 1998 and then in 2006. Although not too many lacemakers are left, Burano hold its unique charm. Do take the bus to Cortina d’Ampezzo. (I think there is just one each day at 8:30am. The Ticket Office is separate – across from the main one.)
    It’s another fabulous area. Buon Natale!

  4. Burano is one of my favorite places on the planet. Make a reservation at Al Gatto Nero for an exquisite meal!

  5. Lucile Stachowiak

    I visited Italy in 2007 and one of the optional tours was to Burano, I was so glad I visited this charming island with all it’s wonderful painted homes. I took many photos, we had lunch in a wonderful restaurant, can’t think of the name but I do remember they had wonderful artwork donning the walls. Thanks for the return visit.


  6. Wonderful…beautiful…another reason (as if one is needed) to go back to Venice.

  7. Grazie, I’m so pleased you all enjoyed this note. Although I had been to Venezia, somehow I never took enough time to see Burano and I’m so glad I did! It retains it’s uniqueness and charm and delicious seafood. Riva Rosa is another fabulous place to enjoy lunch.

  8. Our visit to Burano was one of the most memorable places around Venice, there were still some ladies in the lace-making circle outside their lovely & colorful homes in Burano–to see and watch their talent unfold. As we circled the island, and took many photos which are hanging in our beach cottage to remind us of a wonderfully special place to see while visiting Venice–while in Venice –Burano is a must-see island experience.


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