As promised, here is the post about the excessively colorful Murano and Burano I have been gushing with you about.
Murano and Burano are two islands linked by the bridges in the Venetian Lagoon with the first being known for the arts of glass-making and the latter being known for its laces and colored houses. Both of them are easily accessible by vaporetto (water bus) from Venice.
There is a recurring question I have seen on many forums whether it is doable to visit Murano, Burano and Torcello in a day. It certainly is, from my personal experience. (After careful soul-searching, we decided not to go to Torcello based on what it offers and our inclination to get a little bit more intimate with Venice before we had to say goodbye.) We spent half of the day on the two islands with the vast majority of time in Burano because to be perfectly honest (and with no offense), Murano is a tad boring. The products are beautiful albeit morbidly expensive.
On the other hand, I found Burano quite charming not only because it was my first time ever seeing such playful and vibrant architecture but also because local people actually live there and thus there is this authentic vibe despite it being a tourist magnet. Fret not because Burano receives way fewer tourists than Venice does, so you can stroll around and soak it all in without being sandwiched by fellow tourists.
However, I learned from my friends Pablo and Yamila (remember them?) that those colorful blocks are not unique. If you ever find yourself in Argentina (or maybe Chile. Apologies, my memory is getting blurry. And the reason for that is I found two freaky grey hairs yesterday. I’m aging) or Turkey, you will see something similar. Such a bummer, huh?
If you have been to Burano before, were you overwhelmed like I was? Or you just found it nice but not impressive like Pablo did? I want to hear yours. [Read more...]