The Rainbow Island of Burano

During a recent trip to Venice I took the 40min boat ride to the charming island of Burano and was blown away! It soon became the most beautiful place i’ve visited. All the colourful houses, waterways and boats were like something from a movie. I had made the journey in the morning, arriving around 9.20am and have to say it was the perfect time to visit. It wasn’t swamped with people yet and everything was sleepily waking up and starting to open. I felt like I had the whole town to myself and really took my time to explore!

Burano is famous for its traditional lace making, this is evident from looking in shop windows, as well as the extensive lace museum, showcasing the rich history of their traditional craftsmanship of lace.

While there I also stumbled on an artist studio, unfortunately it was closed (probably I was too early!) but WHEN I return i’d love to see inside properly and meet the artist – Anna Maria Cimbal (links below) as I’m sure the vibrancy of the surroundings there on Burano must have an influence on her work, so I am keen to see more ❤️

I would love to return to find out more about the lace making process, however the purpose of this visit was to see the rainbow coloured houses before heading back to Venice for the Biennale! After a great morning exploring, taking it all in and really falling in love with this picturesque island, I enjoyed a cappuccino before heading back to the boat, leaving behind this ‘insta’ perfect place!

Links for Anna Maria Cimbal –




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  • Reply
    Kia Marie
    February 19, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Oh my gosh these photos are absolutely GORGEOUS! I love places with coloured houses, they are so fun to paint or draw. In fact, this has inspired me to do a little sketch! Would definitely like to visit one day, thanks for sharing (I’d never heard of Burano before!)

    • Reply
      Anna Thomson
      February 21, 2018 at 9:05 am

      I’m so happy to have inspired you! Burano is just Beautiful – I have travelled all over but it really is my favourite place its so uplifting and perfect for photos!

  • Reply
    February 24, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Wow, Burano is dazzling. I love your pictures, they are really beautiful. This seems like one of those places you visit and you feel like, wow, some (lucky) people really get to live here!

    • Reply
      Anna Thomson
      February 25, 2018 at 9:06 am

      I know! So so pretty but maybe having constant tourists could be annoying, having a summer house there would be fab!

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