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This vibrant little island named Burano is a must-see place for anyone visiting Venice for the first time. Inhabited mostly by fishermen and their families, this island is famous for its brightly painted homes, which earned this town a top place in numerous “most colorful” lists of the World.
So why should you visit Burano?
The number one reason why you should visit this gem is that it still offers some of that delicious, real Italian food that is almost extinct in the touristy city of Venice. Oh, and you can also enjoy a glass of wine for 5 Euros – compare that to the average price of 15 Euros in Venice. And if great food alone is not enough to entice you, then maybe the picturesque architecture below will.
How to get there:
Take a local ferry, also called a water bus (#12) from the pierre “F.te Nove “A”‘ in Venice. You can purchase a roundtrip transfer from one of the ticket booths located along the pierre. The ferry makes several stops on the way (including another well-known island called Murano) and takes about 50 minutes to its destination. The two-way ride costs around 15 Euro, and it runs every 30-40 minutes.
Some Fun Facts:
- Current population: around 3,000 people.
- The houses follow a special and secret ‘color pattern’. One cannot paint his or her house with just any color, a local government official must provide a list of colors that is assigned to them.
- Just as Murano is famous for its glass-making, Burano is known for its lace-making. There are numerous shops where you can buy various hand-made lace souvenirs.
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So what’s your favorite color?