After waking up to what promised to be another unusually hot and sticky day for this early in June we decided that a day out on the water to nearby Burano Island was in order for our last day in Venice.
Known for its colorful rows of homes and handmade lace, Burano is only a forty five minute ride away on the #4.1 vaporetto but feels miles away from the hustle and bustle (and most importantly the maddening crowds!) of Venice. A visit to this cheery little fishing village was the perfect end to our two week holiday exploring eastern Switzerland and the Italian Lakes. We lingered over iced espressos and one last tiramisu at a laid back little cafe before leisurely wandering the streets admiring the bright rainbow hued residences and the elderly ladies in their shops embroidering handcrafted lace.
Legend has it that the fishermen of the island painted their houses in the bright colors so that they would be easily visible from sea. Sounds like a legit reason to me but the real and boring answer was that it established property lines. Warning to have your sunglasses ready: lots of vibrant photos coming up!
Can you imagine living in such a cheerful little place? I hope you found just as much delight in the colors of Burano as I did!