Thursday, December 30, 2021

Two Days in Burano - Colored House Collage

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Overview ~ Photos

A collage of 100 color changes between houses in Burano, Italy.The Island of Mazzorbo, Venice - Campanile di Sant'Angelo.
Left: A collage of 100 color changes between houses in Burano, Italy. Right: The Island of Mazzorbo, Venice - Campanile di Sant'Angelo.


Overview

Burano is a charming island in the Venetian lagoon famous for its brightly colored houses and lacework. Most visitors to Burano come for a few hours from nearby Venice. We instead decided to stay two nights on Burano and can say that it was worth it.


If you have time and want to travel "slow", then consider spending at least one night if not two on Burano. Burano is connected to the Island of Mazzorbo, and the Island of Torcello is a 5-minute boat ride away. So, there are three islands to explore. Here was our itinerary for a two-day mid-October visit:

Day 1

Day 2
Day 3
  • Leave late morning for Venice; we would spend 3 nights in Venice.

Staying on Burano overnight (and we did something similar on Murano a few years ago) is great because there is this wonderful peace that comes around 5 pm or so when all the day trippers leave. The island breathes a sigh of relief. That sense of relief is also felt still early in the morning before the tourists start arriving to begin the cycle. During our stay, while we sipped our cappuccinos on the "main street" Via Baldassarre Galuppi in the morning and watched locals greeting each other, grabbing a espresso, and in general, going about their business. 

Trattoria da Romano is the most famous place to eat on Burano. Much has been said about it. We decided to avoid it and opted for the Trattoria al Gatto Nero, which turned out to be a great meal and good experience getting to know the owners.

The connection of Mazzorbo to Burano creates a lot of walking opportunities. Think of it as urban hiking with lagoon views.

Finally, the color of the houses. Is it random? No, there is a system to the colors, and you request permission when repainting your house as to what color you can use. This is what one local told us. Also, why are the Burano houses brightly colored? That same local told us that women came up with the idea so that their husbands returning from the day out fishing could find their way back to the correct house, correct bed, and correct wife. While it may not be strictly true, we like this explanation.

We were fascinated not just by the colors but the juxtaposition of the colors and created the collage in this post. It reminded us of a mixed-up Pantone guide. We are sure you can find some Pantone colors of the year in the collage.

Photos


Bepe's house Burano.Bepe's house Burano.Chalk street art in Burano.Approaching the Church of San Martino and it's leaning belltower.Approaching the Church of San Martino and it's leaning belltower.
Left and center left: Bepe's house. Center: Chalk street art in Burano. Center right and right: Approaching the Church of San Martino and it's leaning belltower.

Burano - bridge over Riva dei Santi canal.Burano - Rio di Terranova canal.Example of lace from the lace museum on Burano.Statue "Attesa di Pace" by Remigio Barbaro.
Left: Burano - bridge over Riva dei Santi canal. Center left: Burano - Rio di Terranova canal. Center right: Example of lace from the lace museum on Burano. Right: Statue "Attesa di Pace" by Remigio Barbaro.

Burano street with laundry.neighborhood with colorful houses.Burano market area with marble tables for fishmongers.
Left: Burano street with laundry. Center: Burano neighborhood with colorful houses. Right: Burano market area with marble tables for fishmongers.

Burano - Rio della Giudecca canal.Burano - Rio di San Mauro canal.View south from Burano - late afternoon - toward Venice.
Left: Burano - Rio della Giudecca canal. Center: Burano - Rio di San Mauro canal. Right: View south from Burano - late afternoon - toward Venice.

Mazzorbo and Venissa vineyard.Parco di Mazzorbo.The cemetery of Mazzorbo.
Left: Mazzorbo and Venissa vineyard. Center: Parco di Mazzorbo. Right: The cemetery of Mazzorbo.

Information about the fish and crustaceans in the lagoon.Information about Venissa and the Dorona wine.Mazzorbo church of Santa Caterina.
Left: Information about the fish and crustaceans in the lagoon, including the Grass goby (fish), called gò in dialect. Center: Information about Venissa and the Dorona wine. Right: Mazzorbo church of Santa Caterina.

Burano - Museum  of Lace room and examples.Burano - Museum  of Lace room and examples.Burano - Museum  of Lace room and examples.
Burano - Museum  of Lace room and examples.


Torcello - Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta mosaics.Torcello - Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta mosaics.Torcello - Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta mosaics.Torcello - Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta floor.Church of Santa Fosca on the Island of Torcello.
Left, center left, and center: Torcello - Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta mosaics. Center right: Torcello basilica floor. Right:  Church of Santa Fosca on the Island of Torcello.


The Island of Torcello. Views of the basilica and belltower.The Island of Torcello. Views of the basilica and belltower.The Island of Torcello. View of Ponte del Diavolo.The Island of Torcello. The path leading from the ferry to the church and museum.
The Island of Torcello. Views of the basilica and belltower, Ponte del Diavolo, and the path leading from ferry stop to church and museum.

Torcello - Museo Provinciale di Torcello artefacts.
Torcello - Museo Provinciale di Torcello artefacts.

A video of a man singing in Piazza Baldassarre Galuppi in Burano.




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