As well as fishing, the island of Burano in the Venice lagoon is famous for lace making, and it is still possible to buy lace on the island. Unfortunately most of the lace for sale is not hand made and probably not made on Burano. You will know if it the genuine article by the price. We saw some beautiful hand made pieces and they were expensive. This is justified when you consider the hours of work in each piece.
Burano is also famous for its brightly colored houses. It is said that the houses were painted in different colours so the sailors and fishermen could identify their houses as they came in from the sea. Once again, this is probably no longer the case, but the houses certainly look lovely sparkling in the Venice sunshine, or even on a cloudy day as it was the day we were there.
The sun peeped out from the clouds a couple of times just to show this pretty island at its best.
This is the main canal leading into the main piazza. I love the jumble of colours. What fun to live in a bright pink or orange house.
This one was my favourite colour. It was the most gorgeous deep red. The photo is not quite true to colour.
When you can’t decide on one colour, pick two.
This would be a great spot for dinner in summer.
There was one building with medallions on the front with animals biting other animals. I have no idea of the significance of these. Perhaps someone out there knows.
It was good to see that the residents dress to match their houses.
At the entrance to the town is this sculpture of a young woman waiting for her sailor to come home and fearing that he won’t.
There is one in Portovenere of a completely different style. Click here to see it.
Catch the vaporetto to Burano at Fondamente Nove. It will be worth it.