Bright and shockingly colourful, Isola di Burano looks for all the world as though it has come straight out of a children’s storybook. Each house exudes a peculiar charm as they dance along the water edge and reflect their bright-coloured shadows in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.
Still mesmerised by the beauty of Venice, we set foot on the Vaporetto No. 12 which bring us to Isola di Burano (Burano Island). Though the island is located just seven kilometres northeast of Venice, its appearance is entirely different. There is neither monumental buildings nor white marble palaces, just lines of houses along the waterways. But believe me, nothing prepares you for the first glimpse of this picturesque island.
Under the clear blue sky, Burano Island appears like a crayon box, with all the houses painting in many different colours. From baby pink, pastel blue to vivid red, nearly every shade can be found here. But what makes Burano so artistic is its arrangement of colour.
It has to follow a specific system, originating from the Golden Age of its development. When someone wishes to paint the house, he or she must send a request to the city council, who will respond by taking notice of certain colours permitted for that lot. In this way, houses in various hues do not cause distractions but rather complement each other. In short, they are synchronised in a symphony of colour.
Practical Information about Burano
- To get to Burano Island from Venice, take Vaporetto No.12 (water bus) which departs frequently from Fondamente Nove in the island’s northern part. The whole trip takes approximately 40 minutes. This water bus also makes a brief stop at Murano, the island of the glassmakers.
- Both Burano and Murano are popular day-trip destinations from Venice. Hence, it’s recommended to visit the islands early in the morning to avoid the massive crowd.