30 January 2013

venice | burano

Burano is a small island in the Venetian lagoon that is famous for its rainbow of brightly coloured houses and beautiful lace (I bought the cutest dress for my Goddaughter, squee!), as well as the leaning campanile of the church of San Martino.  It's a fairly quiet place, but a really lovely side trip from Venice and a total photographer's paradise to boot.  I have read a number of explanations for the various hues, including that fishermen painted their homes in certain colours so that they could see them while they were out fishing, and although that sounds really sweet, I'm actually not certain whether it is true (?), as the majority of the homes aren't visible from the lagoon.  Anyway, these days, if the owner of a building is struck by the desire to re-paint, they are required to send a request to the government, which will then advise what colours are allowed for that particular lot.  I think that all the colours are beautiful, but if I had to choose, I would go for a lot with pretty pastels ... :)

8 comments:

  1. Such a pretty post
    I want to go back there....

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  2. gorgeous, I love the teal one & that umbrella is so lovely :)

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  3. Beautiful! Your photos make me wanna go to Venice sooo bad :)

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  4. I LOVE all those colors!!!! What a funky beautiful place!!!!

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  5. Beautiful photos. Would love to visit this place.

    Beth - Sans Souci

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  6. These photos are to rich and beautiful - thanks for transporting me to Burano, even for just a few minutes!

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  7. What a festival of colours! Burano must be amazing and as always, you capture the beauty of every corner

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  8. Lovely, lovely photos of amazing Burano, Natasha. Looks like the light was perfect that day and you captured it beautifully.

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