Colourful houses and fabulous lace work

The ancient art of lace, colorful houses and boats returning from fishing are the main features of Burano, a picturesque island in the northern part of the Venetian lagoon.

The brightly colored houses, which once served to demarcate the property, now enchant the many visitors who land on the island. Piazza Baldassare Galoppi is the heart of the city and was made by filling in a canal. This piazza is the house to the only church of the island, dedicated to San Martino and that holds the painting of the Crucifixion by Tiepolo.

Walking through the narrow streets and squares you can still see old ladies sitting in front of their house busy in the precise skill of working lace with the help of the characteristic bolster. A valuable collection of this ancient art can be found in the Museum of Lace making.The so-called School of Burano, not really a school but rather an important season for modern Venetian painting, was prosperous in the early twentieth century thanks to the unique atmosphere of Burano.

Burano is a piece of Venetian history and tradition. Before leaving the island tourists should try the bussolai, a typical cookie in the form of a donut.

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