Burano {Venice}

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There are few places in the world as colourful as Burano is; every house is beautifully bright and it’s really a photographer’s dream. I was determined to see the island when we were in Venice, and so after a sleep start because our hotel bed was that comfy, we jumped on the Vaporetto and made the journey out to Burano.

To be honest, there isn’t a huge amount to do on the island, but that’s really beside the point: we just wanted to wander round the island slowly and see all the different houses.

My top tip would have to get off the main square and roads and find little bridges and streets where there aren’t hundreds of tourists. That’s where you’ll really see the beauty of the island (and if you’re a shutterbug, that’s where the real photo ops are).

But, determined not to miss anything we wandered round the main street…and I go sliiiightly drawn towards these gorgeous looking bites of tastiness.

Anyway, I digress from the pretty houses and canals!

Venice is unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been, and Burano is unique even within that little bubble. I’ve never seen a town so bright!

True to form, in Venetian style, there are naturally bridges everywhere (we think it’s pretty, they think it’s practical!) and I couldn’t resist a good photo op.

By the time we finally made it to Burano (it takes about 50 minutes to get there just to let you know!), it was almost lunch time, so we started browsing for a relatively inexpensive place to eat as we had planned a special dinner.

To be honest, I can’t imagine myself ever living here – it would be far too touristy for me. Especially  with tourists taking photos of your house hundreds of times a day.

Though I couldn’t resist; I found the whole island utterly charming and irresistible!

By about this point I was getting pretty hungry… Aka a lunch spot had to be found pronto!

But, my inner blogger just wouldn’t let me stop taking photos! It really is one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever seen and I wasn’t about to miss a single photo opp!

But then – food. It was oh so necessary. Even though we tried to find a hidden gem, the restauterant we fell in love with the most was right on the main square – so we went for it, and we didn’t regret it for a second. It was ah-mazing,

Since Veneto is the original region for prosecco, it would have been rude not to have some (especially when it’s at 16 euros a litre!).

I can’t for the life of me remember its name, but it’s a fish restaurant (that also serves pizzas) and is located right next to this little side street. 

True to form, we both went for pizzas (back on the fitness regime now, I promise!). I opted for an artichoke, ham and mushroom delight whilst the mister was feeling daring and went for a calzone.

Sadly, lunch and our endless wanders came to an end and we had to start making our way back to the hotel. So we jumped on the Vaporetto again and rather spontaneously decided to go to Murano. To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend Murano; it was full of tourists and shops clearly aimed at tourists, which really wasn’t for us.

Though the views on the way there were utterly spectacular!

The mid afternoon light hit the canals in the most beautiful way; I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. But, the island just didn’t appeal to us in the same way that Burano did.

Beautiful in it’s own way, but not for us.

So we hopped back on the water bus where I snapped some great shots of Doge’s Palace and the clock tower. Well, it was an angle I was never going to get again as we were leaving the next morning!

Feeling a little tired but not quite ready to head back to our hotel room, we wandered round the surrounding streets to find a little bar to grab a spritz in. That was the one major downfall of the location of our hotel, it was just a little bit too touristy, which meant it was really hard to find a restaurant or bar near by that wasn’t intended for tourists. But as I say, if that’s the biggest problem, we were in a pretty amazing location!

We eventually rested our weary feet in a little bar which had the most gorgeous vegetable display I’ve ever seen.

Just in time to get a cheeky drink before dinner, I was very happy!

But when the drinks were done, we headed back (mainly so that I could enjoy a final soak in the bath in our room!) to relax a little before our final dinner of the trip.

Venice, you were a beauty, I’ll never forget you and I can’t wait to go back!

I’m writing a guest post for Twins That Travel on my adventures round St Mark’s Square so I’ll be sure to let you know when that comes out! And I think I might be able to squeeze just one more post out of a very hectic 3 day mini break. Till next time!

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  • What a beautifully picturesque place! I love it when you find colourful houses like this, you just don't get it in London. There were some gorgeous ones in South Africa. And it's impossible not to eat pizza (and pasta, and drink prosecco) when you're in Italy. I call them the three p's and they are a necessity.

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

  • Apparently in South Africa they started as people couldn't find a doctor's house so he painted his house pink and just said come to the pink house! How great is that?!

    Oh yeah, the 3 p's are definitely a necessity! xxx

  • I SO want to visit after reading your posts (and seeing Jess-on-Thames' too) about Venice! Those colors are just beautiful – especially against a blue sky. Looks like you had a fantastic time! xo

  • If you ever get the chance I highly recommend it! Though I'm not sure I would go when it's any warmer as I think the smell could be bad! Make sure you take the credit card though, it's pretty pricey!! xx

  • Yes, that's what I've heard … maybe towards the end of the year, or else, right now! xx

  • Those gorgeous houses look good enough to eat! (as does the food you actually ate…). Delightful!

    Polly xx

  • I'll join you Jaime x

  • Let's GOOOOO!!! Then we'll all have Sri Lanka and Venice in common … tee hee xx

  • YES! let's start adding destinations to this list – sounds great fun! x

  • They were so so nice, I'd never seen anything like it! hahaha yes, that was also pretty good! xxx

  • Your photos are absolutely stunning! Unfortunately I missed stopping here when I went to Venice, definitely have an excuse now to go back!

    http://www.mintnotion.com

  • Thanks! oooh definitely a reason to go back I think…! xx

  • steve.r hudson

    The vegetable display was amazing, points for a great photo.

  • Thaaanks 🙂