Friday, July 8, 2016

Italy Blog #20: Venice: Burano Island of Lace, Bright Houses, Cookies

Burano painted houses
In this blog of the islands of Venice we take you to Burano, which is famous for lace-making and brightly colored houses and Buranelli cookies. It's 4 miles or 7 kilometers from Venice which makes it a 40-minute trip by Venetian motorboat, and since it was raining very hard it seemed a lot longer than that!

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.

Buranelli cookies
course, Burano, like everywhere else around Venice has great bakeries, so we made a quick stop in the rain to get something sweet. It was there that we learned about "Buranelli Cookies" and made in the shape of an "S" that are named for the island.

Burano's boat landing


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next