May 6, 2013

Italian Blate: Colorful Burano


Remember that little Italian blate I went on like 7 months ago? Yeah. Shame on me for just now showing you all the beautiful photos from my 5 fabulous days there! My dear blog friend, fellow military wife and expat, Jessica, from Jessica Lynn Writes, and I had been trying to plan a blate for quite some time. After months of swapping dates, our schedules finally lined up and BOOM! I was on a flight to Italy one sunny October afternoon! Jess was such a gracious host, allowing me invade her sweet Italian life and playing tour guide for me during my visit. We ate tons of gelato & pizza, laughed for hours, and toured around some of the most beautiful towns in Italy during my short time there. One of those cute towns being the island of Burano, just a 30-minute boat ride from Venice! This vibrant canal-laden town was my absolute favorite stop on our day in the Venice area. I'd heard it was quaint and isolated, with no cars allowed on the island, but I had no idea how colorful and rich with character this floating town would be! Back in the day, families here used to paint their homes bright colors to designate where one family's quarters ended and another's began. The colors also helped fisherman find their homes late at night after a long day at sea. The painting tradition has since stuck and become one of the most defining characteristics of this charming sea town.

With all the colorful homes and laundry-filled alleyways, Burano is a true amateur photographers dream. Our cameras never left our hands the whole day! Burano was also a pretty fun place to shop. It's widely known for having some of the most beautiful and intricate handmade lace in the world, so of course, I had to snag myself a few lace souvenirs. One of them being a gorgeous lace Christening dress for my little niece, who was baptized in it a few short months later! Such a special keepsake for her, when she's old enough to know the significance. :)


If you ever find yourself planning a trip to Venice, make sure to spend at least half a day on the whimsical fisherman's island of Burano. It's a true Italian gem!

19 comments:

  1. Wow! Absolutely beautiful! So neat. Like something you would only see in a magazine!

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  2. Aww such a cute town! Love the colors of the buildings, reminds me of Nyhavn in Copenhagen. I just discovered your blog today and I absolutely love it. And your story about how you started blogging.... <3 Wow. So inspiring.

    With love,
    Mariët. (From The Netherlands, we're neighbours!)

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  3. these colors really are just so beautiful! I need to make a trip!

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  4. Love all the color! Amazing pictures.

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  5. This place is so bright and colourful. I loved spending time in Italy. Still my favourite place to go.

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  6. Such great pictures with amazing and bright colors! Love it!

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  7. Ahhhh, a blog post featuring you visiting Jess! It's like some sort of meta-blogging event. The bright colors remind me a bit of Rainbow Row in Charleston. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. This town looks amazing!! A true Italian dream. I'm putting on my must-see list when I go back to Italy.

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  9. New follower! I am so excited I stumbled upon your blog! I love to travel and since I can't do it very much right now I will get to live thru you. :)

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  10. ah, the colors are so incredibly beautiful! I wish that we saw more of this in California.

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  11. Soooo pretty! Love Jessica too!!

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  12. Oh my lord, so beautiful! I cannot wait to travel Europe some day.

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  13. Oh my goodness, gorgeous! I need to go here!

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  14. What beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing them.

    Ashlee
    http://theredeemedrunner.blogspot.com

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  15. Wow these pictures are GORGEOUS! I love the colors. Sigh. And that pizza. Someday I will go there...mark my words.

    -Amanda| Living in Another Language

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  16. I am adding this to 'places I have to visit'! It looks so beautiful! And the fact it's so close to Venice, another place I really want to take a trip to, makes it perfect.

    http://www.convertednortherner.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. Hi, Casey! Just found you! Wonder if you hit Burano on "washing day"!? I'm a painter that's taking adult students to Venice in October and Burano is on our agenda! Can't wait to paint the quaint town! Do you have a suggestion for a reasonably-price, but good, lunch spot there? Thanks!!!

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  18. How did you get to the island? You said a 30-minute boat ride, but do you just go to the dock and hitch a ride with a gondola man? ;) Just kidding! But if you do know, please do tell! We want to go while I'm visiting my husband in Aviano.

    breeannahope.com

    thank you!!

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