Colorful Houses of Burano, Italy

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Colorful houses of Burano, Italy

We almost didn’t take the 40 minute ferry trip from Murano to Burano but I’m SO glad we did! (Timetable for the ACTV ferry here.) After visiting, I just had to know the story behind the colorful houses of Burano, Italy. According to The Huffington Post “The houses on Burano follow a special color pattern, dating to the island’s “golden age” when it was first becoming developed. If you live on Burano and wish to paint your house, you must send a letter to the government and they’ll reply telling you which colors you’re allowed to paint your lot. Legend says that the island’s fisherman were the first to paint their houses in bright colors, so they could see them while they were out fishing.”

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We walked through the colorful island, enjoyed some gelato and an hour later we were back on the ferry headed towards Venice. My biggest suggestion for Burano: get lost! Turn down that tiny alleyway and see where you end up! (This isn’t Naples…The worst thing you may find is a house painted Halloween orange.) 🙂

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