Have to admit, it was seriously tempting to just post these pictures without any words. A picture speaks a thousand words, amiright? More like a million, in case of Burano. And only superlatives. Because really, Burano, look at you! How is that you are so beautiful? So colourful. So charming.
I have visited Venice once before (last year), but it was my first time spending time on some of the other (smaller) islands and I have to say, much love for Venice but those colourful houses of Burano? Wow, for being a tiny dot on the map, Burano has stolen my heart in a big way.
As I have mentioned it again and again, my love for all things colourful is not a small thing so no wonder this little island has become my happy place so fast and made me smile from ear to ear the whole morning. We had about two hours there and while that was more than enough to walk the whole island I absolutely did not want to leave. (Not even for Venice) It was so sunny, so peaceful and, of course, so vividly coloured. The sky was so clear, that annoying true blue that allows you to see as far as the (still snow covered) Alps but turns out to look somewhat weird blue on photo… And I don’t even care. It was a magical morning.
If you can, I would say go early(ish) and have a wander while the residents are still sleeping or sleepily drinking their first cup of coffee. We pretty much had the whole island to ourselves and that (especially compared to how crowded Venice usually is) was such an amazing feeling.
I keep going on about the houses (did you know that they originally started painting them to different colours so that the fishermen could find their way back in the fog and that now if you buy a house there you cannot just paint it to any random colour but had to get it approved first?) but Burano is also famous of its lace. We saw some displayed at the main street/square and they looked really nice.
Apparently I cannot tear myself away from Burano so how about ducking back into one of its alleys (con me)? Just prepare to get spirited away to a colourful dreamland… Continue reading