Burano is a most colorful locality on the northern end of the Venetian archipelago. It is a quiet and tranquil place and is easily be accessed by a 40 minute boat ride from Piazza San Marco. Burano is best known for its lace making. As the story goes in 1481 Leonardo da Vinci visited the island and purchased cloth for the main altar of the Duomo di Milano. However according to official records the evolution of lace making began in 1546 in Venice. Tourism has long replaced needle lace and fishing as the main economic activity for this small island of roughly 3,000 inhabitants.
The origin of the brightly colored buildings is said to be so that each family would know where their dwellings ended and their neighbors began, and the rich technicolor walls enabled the fisherman to navigate their way through the fog. The island's main street is lined with retail stores, cafes and restaurants, however venture a little further and you find a network of narrow streets and canals used predominantly by the inhabitants and holiday makers. Many of the fisherman's cottages are today holiday rentals where families can enjoy peace and quiet during the summer months.
The best way to showcase the vivid colors of Burano is with a series of images captured with a landscape perspective. This is one place where it does not matter what time of day you visit, the strong tones of the buildings always speak loudly.
We were blessed with a beautiful blue sky and fluffy clouds which served to accentuate the tones in the buildings on this fisherman's island. Like in Venice the island has its fair share of narrow streets and alleys. A vertical perspective was thus appropriate to capture these streets.
As in all parts of Italy tourist and inhabitants meld together seamlessly. You find people walking dogs; sitting and enjoying the peace and quiet etc., some things are the same the world over.