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 round the corners of the mazelike streets and discover the shocking color combinations that seem as if the neighbors must coordinate for maximum effect!
Other sweet Burano style details spotted:
• Wide carnival style stripes
• Potted plants on the windowills
• Laundry drying on the lines
• Fabric drapes on the exterior of the doors
• Dark shutters on most windows
I went to Burano to see the old style of lace making that has been done on the island for many many years as part of a trip to find out about the production of SFERRA linens, the luxury bedding brand about to celebrate their 120th anniversary. More posts to follow from the Italian adventure!
Images: Janel Laban