If you’re in need of a colour injection (it is spring after all) then look no further than Burano, one of Italy’s best-kept secrets.
The beautiful little island of Burano is located in the same glittering lagoon as Venice, but once you feast your eyes on the place for the first time, you’ll feel like you’re in Cuba instead of one of the most famous European cities there ever was. Why? It’s so darn colourful. That’s why.
The houses, like many others in the world, follow a meticulous colour pattern – some predating the island’s golden age back in the 1500s. And if you’re lucky enough to actually live in this tropical looking paradise, you actually have to write a letter to the Italian government if you want to paint your house. Weird thing is, is that once someone very official has read your home decor request, they’ll send a letter stating which colours you’re actually allowed to use. Weird but fascinating.
So why all the colours? Simple. Burano is a fishing village. According to a few old wives tales, fisherman purposely painted their houses in bright colours so that they could see them whilst catching the day’s fish.
Many visit just to Instagram the houses to death, but out of all the island’s highlights, lacemaking makes it to the top of the list. The very wonderful, and very friendly women of the island have been putting lace together for yonks. Leonardo da Vinci once visited to buy the stuff from the old dears for the cloth he used for the altar of the Duomo di Milano.
Aside from lace, Burano is the perfect place for gelato, gift shops, great food and fabulous, fabulous locals.
Two words: go now.
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