The Island of Burano is defined by two symbols: lacework and the brightly colored homes. Burano island is situated in the Venetian Lagoon in Northern Italy and is actually divided in four islands. These are linked by 10 meters wide picturesque canals bordered by cheerful houses. Burano island has a current population of about 2,800 inhabitants.
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Burano houses have attracted painters since old times. Today, it attracts numerous enthusiastic photographers. Although they seem randomly painted, or painted according to the owner’s wish, the houses in Burano express a color that follows a specific system, one preserved since old times. When someone decided to color his house, he had to send a request to the government who specified those colors permitted for that lot of the island.
The origins of the cheerful colors seem to be attributed to the sailors and fishermen who were happy to identify their home from far on their way back from the sea.
The handmade lace
Since the 16th century, the island has been famous for the lace making. Today this tradition is not as popular as it has been long time ago. Stitching lace by hand is a very time consuming process and the final product is more expensive than the one made by machine. Only one lace centerpiece for a tablecloth requires a month to be created by seven women, and this justifies its price. Each woman was specialized in a single stitch. At the end they were linking seven pices in a single one and that was the final product.
There are few shops that sell hand-made lace, but the best way to see the authentic ones is to visit the Lace Museum (Il Museo del Merletto di Burano). Here tourist can learn many things about the history of lace making and see real pieces of old handmade laces.
Although the inhabitants are gradually loosing their traditions such as fishing and lace making, the island is still a very original, warm and welcoming place to visit, at a distance of about half-hour (by boat) from the island of Venice. Would you like to see this rainbow-like place?
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