Colourful houses on Burano Island.

If you’re in need of an emotional boost, take a virtual trip to the chipper town of Burano, Italy.

The wee island is located in the same lagoon as Venice, but its colors pop and fizzle in a way that makes it feel almost tropical.

colorful Burano
colorful Burano
Burano laundry
Burano laundry
Burano Reflections
Burano Reflections
Aerial view of Burano island
Aerial view of Burano island

The houses on Burano obviously follow a special color pattern, dating to the island’s “golden age” when it was first becoming developed. If you live on Burano and wish to paint your house, you must send a letter to the government, and they’ll reply telling you which colors you’re allowed to paint your lot.

Legend says that the island’s fisherman were the first to paint their houses in bright colors, so they could see them while they were out fishing.

Colourful houses in Burano.
Colourful houses in Burano.
Burano style window
Burano style window
Burano, Venise
Burano, Venise
Young woman walking along the street, Burano, Venice, Veneto, Italy
Young woman walking along the street, Burano, Venice, Veneto, Italy

Lacemaking is another one of little Burano’s big highlights. The women of the island have been experts at lace since the 1400s, when Leonardo da Vinci himself visited to shop for cloth that he used on the altar at the Duomo di Milano.

Nowadays, lace stores and ice cream shops and artisan kiosks clutter Burano’s narrow streets.

Burano, Italy
Burano, Italy
Italy, Veneto, Venice, Burano, colourful window detail
Italy, Veneto, Venice, Burano, colourful window detail
Burano cleaning day
Burano cleaning day

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