There are cities, towns and islands which make you happy just by wandering around in them. The small island of Burano, which is only a stone’s throw from Venice, is definitely one of them!

The small island is only 45 minutes away by boat from the lagoon city of Venice, and it’s not an exaggeration when I say that this village is probably even more beautiful than Venice’s romantic Old Town with its countless canals, singing gondoliers, and unbelievable sights! Don’t believe me? Well, come and take a look for yourselves! :)

Burano – the most colourful island in the world!

Burano is a real feast for the eyes, even when the weather is grey and miserable. The colourful houses are just bursting with charm and character no matter what! And, if the sun does come out from between the clouds, visitors can’t help but grin from ear to ear at the sight of Burano at its brightest.

But why are each of the small houses a different colour? Well, in actual fact there’s a very practical reason for it. Fishermen used to have problems finding their own jetty when they returned home from being out at sea, so to solve their “parking” problems, they just painted their houses in completely different colours. Problem solved!

How to get to Burano

You can get to the island from Venice in roughly 45 minutes. If you’re able to book a guided trip, then you’ll find out everything worth knowing. This is the best option if you don’t have very much time. However, if you’d like to discover the island and its special atmosphere on your own, you can always take the vaporetto, or water bus. Vaporetti to Burano depart from the jetty at Fondamenta Nuove.

It’s as though Burano is made for wandering around, whiling away the hours and relaxing. The colourful houses glow in a really unique way, especially when the afternoon sun is at its strongest. That’s why I think it’s always best to wait until this time of day to take photos. It’s worth spending the morning in Venice and then travelling to Burano in the early afternoon. By then, most of the tourists will hopefully be on their way back from the island. Don’t be too frightened by the sight of the crooked church tower of the Chiesa di San Martino – it’s not going to fall down anytime soon!

You can try local specialities like fritto misto – fried seafood – all over the whole island. You can also try a tasty risotto. Or a gelato, or, or, or…. Whatever you choose, you definitely won’t go hungry!

Burano, Venice Italy

You can also stay on Burano, if a day trip from Venice isn’t enough for you. On Airbnb, there are private rooms that you can rent and the same goes for Trivago – there are all sorts of traditional hotels in various price ranges. For those who don’t mind the boat ride to the centre of Venice, this is a great option to get to know another side of Venice! I’ve got some handy links below, so if you’re feeling inspired, then just take a look and get planning your own getaway and add a splash of colour to 2017. :)

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