Burano could possibly be the brightest place on earth. This colourful little fishing village is located in the Venetian lagoon and makes for the perfect day trip from Venice, as it’s only a 45-minute vaporetto (water taxi) ride away. Like many people, I discovered Burano thanks to its constant presence on social media. I’m sure you’ve seen this rainbow island grace your Instagram or Pinterest feed more than once, and thanks to these viral images more and more people have discovered this once hidden gem. Turns out Venice isn’t the only superstar in the area.
This Rainbow Island is a Photographer’s Paradise
This charming village is truly a photographer’s paradise. You won’t be stuck trying to find a photo op, because this entire island is one giant backdrop. There’s not a whole lot to do in Burano, other than strolling around and having impromptu photoshoots around every corner. So if you enjoy bright colours and taking photos, then you will love this vibrant island.
TIP: Dress for your surroundings. A bright coloured outfit against a bright backdrop will pop. Don’t be boring and wear black. This is Burano!
Why Does Burano Look Like a Skittles Packet?
The colour coded houses were created to help fishermen identify their homes after a long day at sea. You’d assume just hammering a number into your front door would do the trick, but when your coming down the canal in your fishing boat in a thick cloud of fog, a bright pink house will always be easier to spot than a door number. Nowadays you even need government approval if you wish to paint your house. They take their colour coding very seriously.
Welcome to the Home of Lace
Burano is the home of Venetian lace, so if you’re looking for some authentic souvenirs, lace is your best option. The women of Burano started stitching lace in the 16th century, each of them specialising in one specific stitch. With seven stitches in total, this meant every piece of lace would take several women to finish. Given its time consuming nature, it’s not surprising that very few places in the world still produce handmade lace. While many of the shops in Burano will be selling machine-made, if you want to drop the equivalent of a down payment on a house on some handmade lace, then you can do that here.
Don’t make the same mistake a lot of tourists do by only visiting Venice. With Burano only a 45 minute vaporetto ride away, you can easily spend your morning here and be back in Venice by lunchtime. One-way tickets are priced at €7.50, so if you plan to be using a vaporetto often it can be cheaper to buy a 1, 2, 3, or 7 day pass.
So please, if you’re going to Venice make sure you allow time to visit the rainbow island of Burano too! What are your other favourite colourful towns you’ve been to or wish to explore?