Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Architecture of Burano, Italy

Burano is an island in the Venetian lagoon. In contrast to the opulence of Venice, Burano was a community where many fishermen lived. Its buildings are much more simple in design, although nevertheless quite charming.
Burano is known for its very colorful houses. One explanation is that the fishermen would paint their houses the same color as their wooden fishing boats. The photos also show that they hang a curtain in the doorway to provide some privacy, but to allow a cooling breeze through the house.
Burano is also known for lace. Apparently the women of the island became quite skillful at lace making while their husbands were out fishing. Lace is still sold today, although the handmade lace is challenged by the competition from imports from the Far East.
We never tire of walking the "streets" of Venice. I have been there 3 times and my husband has visited 5 times. We even took a group of 16 family and friends to Venice on our last trip there.
The architectural details of Burano and charming, even though they are plain in comparison to the ornate characteristics of the palazzos and grand buildings of the main part of Venice.
This shopkeeper's dog has a comfortable place for a nap while waiting for customers to select from among the samples of famous Venetian glass.

11 comments:

brattcat said...

You've definitely captured the charm of Burano here.

Joanne said...

Burano is magical! I really enjoyed it, who can't love Italy, it is definitely at the top of the list:))

glenda said...

Love the colorful houses. And of course the sleeping dog was a delight.

Cezar and Léia said...

Burano is a place that I want to visit someday.Your pictures are fabulous, congrats and thanks for sharing!
hugs
Léia

marty said...

Love your beautiful images and
these colored houses !!

JM said...

Venice itself has so much to see that I didn't visit any other island but now I truly regret it after looking at these wonderful photos!

Elettra said...

great pictures, you have made real beauty of Burano

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Such beautiful photos, so bright and colourful.
Cheers
Melbourne Daily Photo

Rob said...

Burano is such a clean and vibrant community. A colorful escape from Venice.

~Cheryl said...

Really lovely looking place! The idea of matching colors of home and boat is endearing.

Rob and Mandy said...

By far our favorite place in the lagun, it is just so out of this world

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