Colourful Burano

“I am a believer that colors affects people’s moods.” – Lily Pulitzer


On the Road from Venice to Burano…

Burano is just a day trip away from Venice on a vaporetto. It takes about half an hour travelling time between the two islands. This is what can be seen along the way.

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Ever since the planning stage of this European trip of ours, we were already both excited to see this colourful island. Honestly speaking, it has been on the top of our bucket list.

Burano is among the top 10 most colourful cities in the world. Tradition says that this began when the fishermen decided to paint their houses in bright colours to easily find their way home when there is thick fog as they alight on the lagoon. Up to now, they are still following this tradition.

It is an added scenic view as the canals are connected with footbridges. And as the small boats went in and out of the canals, its reflections on the still waters are such beauty to behold.

This city is not just painted with some random colours, but there’s actually a system that follows their colour pattern. If a resident wants to colour their house, they have to submit an application to the government and they will be given a response as to what colour is permitted for their house.

Whatever they are doing, the final result is, this small island of Burano is just bursting with sunshine.

Yes, all the houses in Burano are painted brightly but there is this house that is decorated uniquely with geometric forms of different colours. It is the house of Bepi Sua, also called Bepi of Candies. 

Bepi or also known as Giuseooe Toselli is an art lover and a movie enthusiast. Until the early 80s, during the warm summer evenings, he organized an outdoor cinema for the kids by putting up a white sheet on the walls of his house. When it was not the season for movies, Bepi also sold sweets in the Burano Square, thus the name Bepi of Candies.

Bepi died in 2002 and since then this house has been restored and the facade still remains unchanged. And no doubt, this is the most famous house in Burano.

Burano is also famous for lace making, which dates back to 1500. The lace school survived for a hundred years. But in the late 20th century when cheap imitation laces were imported from Asia, the school was forced to close. Some lace continued production until the 21st century and the building was transformed into a museum, the Museo del Marletto.

This island has its own leaning tower, St Marks Campanile, and is the only uncoloured structure in the island. The landmark bell tower is positioned at the back of the Church of St Martin Bishop. Due to the marshy conditions of the lagoon, the tower has continually tilted for about a hundred years now.

Roman Catholic Italians adorned their homes with religious statues.  

Washing lines never looked so beautiful and as much a part of the design of the house than in Burano (and in Venice for that matter).

And before leaving this picturesque island, why not get a souvenir or two of the wonderful, colourful experience that is BURANO.


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  1. Toonsarah says:

    I’ve never been to Burano but always thought I would like it. Your photos, bursting with colour, confirm that I would indeed love it there!

    1. Teresa says:

      If you love vibrant colours then that’s the place to be. The first time I saw it on Instagram, I said to myself that I really had to go there! Thanks for the comment Sarah…you have some serious planning to do!

  2. So colourful! Love it!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Aletta. I so love it too!

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