If you need a bit of cheering up on this chilly winter day, then keep reading as I’m about to introduce you to Burano, Italy, the happiest little town in the world!
The tiny, rainbow-coloured island shares the same lagoon as Venice, and it’s only a few minutes away by boat from Murano, home to the famous Murano glass. Burano is a photo lover’s paradise – the brightly painted, square-shaped houses with flower pots in each window, cheerfully reflected in the canals, follow a specific colour pattern. This is because during the golden age of its development, citizens of Burano had to request an official permission to paint their houses, and it was up to the government to decide what colour they could use. According to some sources, fishermen were the first ones to paint their houses; they did it so they could easily spot them from the sea.
Aside from its architecture, Burano is famous for lacework, displayed in opulence at every store. Why lace? The legend says that a local fisherman was tempted by a mermaid’s signing, but withstood it out of love for his fiancée. His loyalty was rewarded by the Marmaid Queen, who gifted him a beautiful nuptial veil made out of seafoam. The fisherman’s fiancée wore it on her wedding day, becoming the envy of all women in Burano who then tried to recreate the veil through lacework.
The island’s trattorias offer a great variety of seafood and you’re pretty much guaranteed to dine better than in nearby Venice, where finding authentic, local food is hard work. There are quite a few places to choose from, but if you really want to indulge, be sure to visit Ai Cesendeli and order their specialty, tagliolini neri “Ai Cesendeli”. It costs €16 which seems pricey for pasta, but trust me, it’s worth every cent! It’s hands down the best seafood pasta I’ve ever had!
Are you convinced to visit Burano yet? What’s the most colourful city you’ve ever been to?