Shortly after January 1st Matteo and I decided (= I decided 😀 ) to go to the Island of Burano again. The previous time was our first visit and it was quite a journey! It took us hours to arrive, the train and then the vaporettos were overcrowded, the island was full of tourists. But the island was so quaint that we ended up:
- bewitched by Burano’s charm
- longing to come back again with more calm.
Island of Burano photo story
That’s why we chose the Christmas period. We thought it would have been more quiet. And so it was. The first clear day (thera have been some foggy days), we took our car and off towards Cavallino Treporti to take a direct vaporetto. The sight of the calm lagoon and Burano approaching, with its leaning campanile and the colorful houses was stunning.
This time I didn’t want to visit museums, churches or something. I just wanted to explore the island of Burano and its narrow calli at a slow pace. And take pictures.
One of the first street we sneaked into gave me an enormous satisfaction: the sun beams hitting the facades made them, if possible, more beautiful: pink, red and orange were glowing while a cat was smoothly sleeping. At the end of the fondamenta the lagoon was sleeping too. 🙂
Casa di Bepi
This time we were able to find the famous Casa di Bepi (Bepi’s house). Its owner, Bepi, sold candies and therefore he was nicknamed Bepi delle caramelle (Bepi of candies). Apparently he was a lovely man. In Summer he used to improvise an outdoor cinema for children, simply hanging a white cloth on his house’s wall. Warning: I followed Google Maps but indications were wrong (Jan. 2017). The actual location is along an alley left of the main street. Past the pharmacy, turn left on calle Pistor. You will find it. And you will recognize it because it is even more colourful than the other houses. Bepi in fact added each day a new drawing on its facade.
Another thing I love in Burano (also in Venice, but in Burano I spotted it more frequently) are the panni stesi (literally laid out cloths), the washing lines. The one below with the purple background was just adorable: all tiny kids clothes.
Canals and reflections
Of course the most photographed and beloved corners are those with the canals and their reflections.
At last this time I remembered to pop into a couple of photos, so that I have a memory of myself surrounded by Burano’s colours.
But the funniest thing I saw was people riding bicycles along the canal. I didn’t expect this! 😀
An, you know what? I want to return already, explore more and possibly try a local restaurant.
So: A presto, Burano!