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Burano: The Rainbow Island of Venice

Burano, Italy

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.

Colourful houses along the canal in Burano, Venice
Bicycle out the front of colourful houses in Burano, Venice
Orange and purple house in Burano, Italy
Orange house with blue shutters in Burano, Italy

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!

Pink and blue house in Burano, Italy
Pink house with matching flowers in Burano, Venice
Pink house in Burano, Venice
Colourful houses along the canal in Burano, Venice

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.

Colourful houses and boats along the canal in Burano, Italy
Blue house in Burano, Italy
Orange house with green shutters in Burano, Venice
Washing hanging between colourful houses in Burano, Venice

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.

Colourful houses in Burano, Venice
View from the bridge of the colourful houses lining the canal in Burano, Venice
Colourful houses in Burano, Venice
Pastel houses in Burano, Italy

Getting There

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.

Orange house with blue shutters in Burano, Venice

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?

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    Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki
    February 29, 2016 at 1:59 am

    So incredibly gorgeous, those colorful houses are just so beautiful!

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      One World Just Go
      March 4, 2016 at 11:50 am

      It really is! My favourite places always seem to consist of places with colourful buildings 🙂

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    July 12, 2016 at 1:18 am

    Love the colors of the buildings. WOW!

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    November 25, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Wow, these houses and cute little streets are incredible! Honestly, Venice never really tempted me because it’s so popular and crowded and most of my friends visiting it didn’t really enjoy. But Burano looks like a place that I could instantly fall for!

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      One World Just Go
      November 28, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      oh I love Venice so much I’ve been three times! But I can see why people don’t like it because of the crowds, but it’s not too bad once you get away from the main attractions and during the evenings when the cruise ships have left. Burano is definitely my favourite thing about visiting Venice though 😉

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    February 11, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Seeing your photos, I am really glad I traveled during low season.. so many people! Burano is beautiful though! I absolutely adore your photos:-)

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