|Burano painted houses|
ABOUT THE ISLAND - Burano really consists of four small islands or could be considered an archipelago of four islands linked by bridges that has a population of about 2,800 people. The island was probably settled by the Romans, and in the 6th century was occupied by people from Altino, who named it for one of the gates of their former city.
LACE-MAKING - Burano is world renowned for making intricate lace. Lace-making started in the 16th century, when women on the island began making lace with needles. It was then traded with the island of Cyprus (that was ruled by Venice at that time). In
|Brightly colored shutters on houses|
1481, when Leonardo da Vinci visited he purchased a cloth for the main altar of the Duomo di Milano. The lace was soon exported across Europe. In 1872 a school of lace-making opened on the island. It's an extremely time-consuming skill and is expensive.
|an ornate gate Tom liked|
BRIGHTLY COLORED HOUSES - Burano is also known for its small, brightly painted houses and they were beautiful! We learned that the colors actually follow a specific system and residents have to send requests for paint colors to the government. The government provides a list of the specific colors permitted for each lot.
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|Burano's boat landing|
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