The Most Colorful Homes in the World

The Most Colorful Homes in the World

Janel Laban
Nov 4, 2010

I'm just back from a quick trip to Italy and one of the spots I dashed through (yes, literally dashed, when you have just a few days in a place like Venice you move quickly!) was the quaint island of Burano. A short ferry (or water taxi) ride from Venice, Burano's tiny, narrow streets are filled with the most colorful facades …

… I've ever seen. From eye-popping brights to rich warm terracottas this town has cornered the market on celebrating exterior paint color diversity. You know how most small towns have a colorful home that everyone can use as a place marker? "Oh, two blocks past that lime green house - sure - I know it!" Well that wouldn't work in Burano - every house is "that" house.

The lore is that the homes were painted so vibrantly as a way to help the fisherman of the town navigate safely back home on foggy days. I can't say whether that would actually work, but I can attest to the fact that it would be nearly impossible to not crack a surprised smile as you roun