Monday, January 11, 2016

A Venetian Lagoon Gem

Last year, I hot-footed my way to the place I would like to live in after I retire. Well, frankly speaking,  A place where I would like to spend A lifetime.
I liked many islands I visited in recent 5 years but but the most colorful was definitely Burano island, in Venice, Italy.

While staying in Venice, there is a lot to see other than just famous St.Mark's Square.
The islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello are destinations in their own right. Murano is where all the Venetian glass is made, Burano is the home of Venetian lace, and Torcello is the now-mostly-uninhabited home of the original Venice.

I'd heard it was quaint and isolated, with no cars allowed on the island, but I had no idea how colorful and rich with character this floating town would be!

Burano is a photo-lover’s paradise.
Ever seen those photos of Venice that show brightly-painted buildings and flowerpots.Those aren’t from the main island of Venice, but Burano
Families used to paint their homes in bright colors to designate where their family’s quarters ended and a neighbor’s began, as well as to make their homes more visible from the sea. The tradition has stuck.

Today, Burano is a rainbow of fun, bright colors—and the perfect place for that great Venice photo-up.

From a distance the buildings look like storybook sets; up close their weathered paint texture and age-old street names result in a juxtaposition to the abundance of cheerful color.

Lace making on Burano island
Burano has been occupied from the 6th century, but it only became important in the 16th century, when women on the island began making lace with needles and it became popular among the European elite. It’s a fine art form and takes an incredible amount of patience and time to create. So as you can imagine, it’s a luxury few can afford. Most of the lace that’s for sale in souvenir shops is affordable, so it’s not created by hand.

If you ever find yourself planning a trip to Venice, make sure to spend at least half a day on the whimsical fisherman's island of Burano. It's a true Italian gem!


  1. That's really nice. Thanks for sharing the experience. Look forward to seeing more of your blog posts.

  2. Absolutely agree!its a photographer's paradise.Glad that we managed to visit this place even after the goof-up we didi with the names :)

    1. Hi,im raj from chennai,tamilnadu,i jus willing to travel to europe,will i can join with u??

  3. well written... with nice & colourful pictures...
    keep blogging :)

  4. nice one geetika, keep up the good work