Friday 12 September 2008
An island off an island in Venice
Bel ragazzo and I were only in Venice for 2 nights but that was long enough for us to see the main highlights of the island itself and also to enjoy a trip to some of the outer islands.
During my previous trips I had never visited the islands and had read that Burano in particular was not to be missed. Burano is a small fishing island which also happens to be famous for its lace industry. One of the main draw cards is the fact that the houses are all painted bright, vibrant colours. Legend has it that the fishermen used to paint their houses in these shades so that after a long day at sea, they could spot their home as they sailed towards the island. I believe this as when we were sailing away, you could still spot this island from afar as the houses really are painted such bright colours. Have a look for yourself:
There's only about 5000 people living on the island and it has the such a beautiful atmosphere.
The brightly coloured houses make you feel so cheerful! Have a read of the plaque this person has put by their front door.
If it weren't for the brightly painted houses then the island would be just another nice island...but with a bit of paint it has been transformed into such a unique place. For such a small island it is bursting with activity, there is a main piazza with lots of restaurants, bars and shop after shop after shop selling tourist goods. If you ever go to Venice make sure you take the water boat and visit this fairytale island.