Island of Burano in Venice and its colorful houses

Posted by on February 16, 2013

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Burano is one of the islands of Venice, famous for its lace and its colorful houses. All visitors to Burano remain fascinated by its many colors and houses reflected in the green waters of the canals. You can visit this island as part of one of the Venice Tours.

Island of Burano

Island of Burano

Island of Burano

Island of Burano

The cottage island are mostly of square shape and are divided in two or three floors. On the ground floor is the kitchen, dining and services. The different colors of the houses which today have become the main feature of the island, once served to define the properties. However, there is a “legend” linked to the colorful character of the island which says that the fishermen were to paint their home in order to recognize it from afar during long periods of absence due to fishing.

Island of Burano

Island of Burano

Island of Burano

Island of Burano

The story goes that they were the inhabitants of Altino that in order to escape the barbaric invasions took refuge in the various islands of the lagoon giving them the names of the six city gates: Murano, Mazzorbo, Burano, Torcello, and Ammiana Costanziaco. The name comes from Burano Port Boreana. There is a school of thought which suggests that Burano is situated where it is today. Some ancient texts write that the island was located closer to the sea and that the inhabitants abandoned it because of the strong currents that flooded the earth and because of the winds that were corroding. Other texts instead write that Burano has always been where it lives today and has always enjoyed an excellent location: it seems that the continuous ventilation of the island has managed to ward off malaria. The town of Burano is divided into five districts still connected by bridges: San Martino Right, Left San Martino, San Mauro, Giucecca and Newfoundland which are separated from each other by their respective channels: Bridge Rio, Rio and Rio Zuecca Newfoundland.

Island of Burano

Island of Burano

Island of Burano

Island of Burano

To reach Burano by public transport it is necessary to arrive first in Murano. Boarding is at the entrance of the station about every 10 minutes with the ACTV for Fondamente Nine:

Island of Burano

Island of Burano

Line 1 and N (Night): get off at Ca ‘D’oro and walk for 5 minutes to Fondamente Nove and go to the boarding line 12.
Lines 4.2 and 5.2: get off at Fondamente Nove and go to boarding line 12, beyond the Ponte Dona.
DM (Direct Murano): get off at “Murano Faro” and go to the boarding line 12 to Burano.

Burano photos: ManuG-ATL, bellrich1941, RachelGouk, o palsson.

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