Island of Burano, Italy

This morning I was looking at some colorful images of Burano. The place looked something like a fairy-tale village to me so I can’t help myself but add it to my list of fun places to visit.

Burano is often called an island but it is really an archipelago of four islands, connected by bridges.


Photo above “Burano” – courtesy of fsa99999


The Island of Burano is situated in the Venetian Lagoon, only 7 kilometers from Venice. The history of Burano says it was probably settled by the Romans and thriving ever since. However, it’s importance rose for the first time when the women on the island started making lace with needles – an extremely time consuming and complicated way of lacemaking.

Burano lace umbrellas

Fun lace umbrellas made in Burano for lilttle girls. Legend has it that a young Venetian seafarer brought his beloved a seaweed from the far, distant seas. As she wanted to preserve the memento for ever, she painstakingly copied the delicate outline and patterns using her needle and thread.

Photo and comment above: “Burano lace umbrellas” – courtesy of Smitten with Lido


Another thing Burano is famous for and attractive for tourists today – are its small, brightly-painted houses. To get a permission to paint one’s house, the government’s note is required – with detailed instructions which colors are permitted for that particular lot.

The color system originates from the golden age of Burano’s development and results in the variety of warm, pastel colors, so characteristic for the island today – and very popular with artists.


Photo above: “Burano” – courtesy of ramon.vmorales


Some place online I read the legend about Burano. It says that the houses on the Island of Burano were brightly colored because of the fishermen – so they could easily spot their homes from their fishing boat.

Church of San Martino Campanile

Photo above: “Church of San Martino Campanile – the leaning tower of Burano” – courtesy of tedlum


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About the author


Most of all Daria enjoys creating, designing, taking photos of, writing about and sharing all the beautiful, cheerful things and moments. She finds them everywhere she goes. And tons of fun people, too!

Marilyn Lowry - May 18, 2011

I have been to Venice and have never heard of Burano. Just think…I was so close to such a beautiful, colorful paradise. I would love to go there. We went to one of the islands in that chain, but I can’t remember the name now. It was not that colorful, but it had beautiful beaches. Thanks for sharing the pix and info. My brush is itching to hit the canvas with such gorgeous colors!

    Daria - May 18, 2011

    Same here, Marilyn, I’ve been to Venice and until this morning I’ve never heard of the Island of Burano. Make sure you send me that new, colorful painting of yours once it’s finished! 🙂

Deej - May 18, 2011

What a lovely village. It’s like a village in a videogame. An ideal place .

Natasha - May 18, 2011

love the pic on the banner… you look better than ever! :)))))

    Daria - May 18, 2011

    … in other words: I feel better than ever and have more fun than Ever!!! 🙂


Erik Perse - May 18, 2011

I dont understand how they get such huge planters of flowers to bloom. Its crazy. Thanks for sharing :]

Karla Deacon - May 18, 2011

Hi Daria,

Thanks for sharing the beauty and very interesting information with all of us! The colorful houses, beautiful lacework and history are wonderful and had it not been for your post I may never have seen them. I also love your banner…you look so happy.


    Daria - May 19, 2011

    Thank you, Karla, for visiting and commenting! I Do feel happy, more than ever, and many people tell me it shows in every way. It’s all a part of the process of changing my life philosophy. I am turning seeking joy into my career… 😉

Doroteja Perse - May 21, 2011

Wow. And to think I’ll be so close to this place tomorrow…in Venice. Looks life a really fun place.

Ruth Read - May 21, 2011

This is wonderful! Very colorful and I would love to go there. I am going to Switzerland in a few months and I am going to ask my son if it is possible to visit this place. It may not be close enough to where we are going but it is worth a try.

This place is like a doll house. I love all the color. It reminds me of St. Maarten. From a mountain top all the roofs are colorful just like this.

Ruth Read - June 3, 2011

I am going to be close but not close enough to see this wonder. I tried to get it on the list of places we will be visiting. It is just to far from my sons place in switzerland and my son said we can’t do it this time. But I hope to some day get there. It is beautiful!

Rex Ryan - August 14, 2011

An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you become expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more details? It is highly helpful for me. Big thumb up for this blog post!

Mark Lewis - June 22, 2013

a gift certificate to a nice restauraunt so she can
have a night out

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