Burano, Italy | The Colourful Island of Venice

“Color is like music. It uses a shorter way to come to our senses to awake our emotions.” – Anna Maria Cimbal

Burano, where have you been all my life? This little island just a step away from Venice has become the hottest Instagram sensation. If you haven’t been to Burano, have you even lived? The little island is known for its small, brightly painted houses that look astounding and it secretly makes you think you’re dreaming… or entering into one of your childhood books! It’s photo-lovers heaven for sure.Burano is situated about 4 miles away from Venice and it takes about 45 minutes to travel on a water bus that leaves Venice on a regular basis. The island has a population of around 2,800 and it is also linked to another island, Mazzorboro, by a bridge. Almost all of the island is entirely covered by residential buildings and you will be able to count on your fingers how many small green areas you can find around. It’s still very traditional and quiet if you turn off the main track. The locals are chatting in squares like always and their laughter can be heard from the other end of a street. It feels very calm and simple. There’s no fancy shops or fine dining restaurants, just local lacemakers, fishermen, ice cream corner shops, small bakeries and tiny Italian restaurants preparing what they know best. Maybe that’s why Burano is the new thing? It’s the detox destination for social society from contactless cards, Apple Pay, free WIFI and cars. It’s what I call Paradise.What mesmerised me even more that the colours of the houses actually have got a system originating from the age of its development and if you wish to paint your home or change the colour of the house, you have to send a request to the government who will then tell you what colours are permitted in the area. The old legend states that fishermen started painting their houses to see them from long distance when they were far away fishing, even during foggy weather conditions.There was a time when the main job in Burano was fishing. Today, Burano is famous for its needle lace, however, the island’s economy heavily depends on tourism and visitors who come to see colourful little houses and spend their money on traditional lace products.If you visit Burano on a Wednesday morning, not far from the island’s church the street market takes place as well as a fish market a few minutes from there where you can get local produce.Coming to Burano for a few hours or a short half-day trip? Then you have to try two things before you go – ice cream and a typical Burano cookie in a bakery shop. I was obsessed with Burano local pastry shops as you could smell them while passing on the street. My choice to go for this tiny shop you can see below did not disappoint. All cookies were fresh, soft and incredibly delicious! I opted in for both Burano (Bussola Buranello) & Venice (Zaletti) specialities as I was curious to see what all this cookie business is about. If you have more time, try seafood in a local restaurant, it is meant to be very good with fresh ingredients caught every day!Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetProcessed with VSCO with hb1 presetProcessed with VSCO with hb2 presetProcessed with VSCO with hb2 presetIf you would like to find out more about my travels, please don’t hesitate to follow me on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook !