I still remember hearing about it. A group of backpackers I met told me I must visit this city named Burano near Venice where no two houses are the same color. I was like no way and looked it up and started giggling. I thought this is where Willy Wonka must live, because it’s so colorful. I knew I was only going to spend 2 days in Venice so I had to make plans to make the most of my time there. I spent my first day getting lost in Venice and spent hours walking around the beautiful city. The next day I purchased a 24 hour ACTV (Venice Public Transportation) pass for 16 euros (it’s now 20 euros) figured out how to get there and made my way to Burano.
I arrived and couldn’t believe my eyes it really did look like a place Willy Wonka would live. The houses were so cute and painted a million shades of the rainbow. I walked around and felt like a little kid again just smiling from ear to ear. It was like Venice only more colorful. The canals were the roads, boats were the cars and the islands were connected by bridges. I spent a few hours walking all over the city and taking hundreds of photos.
As I walked around I had the pleasure of speaking with some of the locals. They let me know that Burano is famous for it’s Lace, and that now most people make a living thanks to the few tourist that do make it off Venice to Burano. When I asked them about the colors they let me know that each house has a set of designated colors it can be painted that has been implemented since the Golden Ages. When someone wants to paint their house and they don’t want it to be the same color as it is already they must get permission from the government. I thought that was crazy yet so damn brilliant. You can see why it’s so brilliant by looking at these photos.
Didn’t this make you smile? Isn’t this just brilliant?
Have you heard of Burano?
Would you want your home town to be painted a million shades of the rainbow?
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