Burano has a tradition for making lace, introduced by the Venetian-ruled Cyprus in the 16th century

Burano is a small island and village in the Venetian lagoon, situated less than an hour by boat from Venice in northern Italy. It is mostly known for its colourful houses and this coupled with the usual irresistible Italian village charm make Burano a popular destination among tourists and photographers alike. Burano is photogenic in every sense of the word. When the sunlight hits the walls the colours glow all the more intensely. The reflections in the canals enhances the effect. You feel as if you are in a full-scale 3D set designed by Disney, wonderfully childlike and a bit surreal at the same time.

The canals are lined with small boats on both sides. Most of them are being used for fishing, some for transportation and leisure. Apparently they started painting their houses in different colors so that the fishermen could tell which one was their house upon returning home with the day’s catch.

 

Characteristic houses in Piazza Galuppi
Characteristic houses in Piazza Galuppi

 

Burano and Lace

Burano has a long tradition for making lace, introduced via the Venetian-ruled Cyprus in the 16th century. There are several shops selling lace in Via Galuppi and there is also a lace museum, Museo del Merletto on Piazza Galuppi.

Lazy cat and lace artwork
Lazy cat and lace artwork

 

Getting to Burano from Venice

Take the vaporetto boat number 4.1 from the train station, or from the San Zaccaria stop if you are near Piazza San Marco. You can change to boat number 12 at Fondamente Nove, or take the same (4.1) vaporetto to the Murano Faro stop and take boat number 12 to Burano from there in stead.

ACTV Moving in Venice (Waterborne lines in Venice)

 

Sources
All photos by Asgeir Pedersen, IN Editions
This article was first published 15 April 2016.