Friday, 3 March 2017

Burano Island

As we were staying in Venice we decided to get the boat taxi to Burano Island which is about an hour away from Venice. We stayed for a couple of hours to get some food and drinks and have a look around the beautiful, colourful island. Visiting Venice during the carnival period was chaotic and compared to Venice, Burano was almost empty, the food and drinks were also a lot cheaper than Venice so it seemed like the better option for us to travel there that day.
The houses on Burano Island are all really bright and colourful, one of the suggested explanations for this is that it was a easy way for the fisherman to recognise their home from the sea, the colours of the houses follows a specific system. Today, if someone wishes to paint their home they must send a request to the government, who will respond by making notice of the certain colours permitted for that lot. The result is that every colour of the rainbow is represented. 
Burano has plenty of restaurants and bars along with small beautiful stores, famous for lace in particular. In 1500 women of Burano began stitching lace, each woman specialising in a single stitch, each piece would have to be passed from woman to woman to finish, meaning that each lace can take up to three months to finish and the reason why it can be a little bit pricey. 

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