Burano’s Candy-Colored Casas

Forty minutes from Murano, world famous for its glass, is the island village of Burano, famous for its lace … and where the dazzling colors of locales like the Caribbean meet the haunting qualities of the Venetian lagoons. Many visitors to Venice, perhaps forgetting one out of confusion with the other, or perhaps due to time constraints, choose to go to Murano and not take the second 40-minute vaporetto journey to its almost-namesake. But those who do are treated to some very yummy eye-candy. Along the canals are charming two-story houses — cherry, pink, chartreuse, azure, tangerine and canary yellow, with contrasting-hued shutters, brightly patterned curtains for doors, window boxes and ceramic pots overflowing with flowers, and some very nicely art-directed clotheslines.

No one really knows how all this exuberance began, but there are, naturally, many stories about the origin of Burano’s vivacious color scheme. One plausible suggestion was that back in the day, painting each house a different color helped define property lines. Another more amusing, though less plausible suggestion is that on days of winter fog or very rough seas, the fishermen could not go fishing and spent their day playing cards and drinking vino. By the evening they were feeling so festive they couldn’t recognize their own houses. So it was decided to paint every house a different color so every wife could be sure the right man would return to the right home after a day on the town.

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  1. Joann Mincello

    May 31, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Thank you so much for your beautiful photos. My husband and I took a trip of our lifetime in Oct. 2018 with Insight Tours to Italy. We did choose the beautiful island of Burano and we loved it ! I had all my photos transferred to a disc and would be happy to share if anyone wants to take a look. The only problem is, I am not PC savvy so I would be willing to go to WICC and have someone down load the photos.

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      June 7, 2019 at 12:42 pm

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  2. jackie

    May 31, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    absolutely loved burano ….it is a less crazy gentler venice….. peaceful and fanciful

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  3. jackie

    May 31, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    absolutely loved burano…peaceful….fanciful and less touristy than venice

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