The Burano island, which used to be famous for the art of lace-making, is at the heart of the Laguna Nord and owes its incredible charm to the colours of its houses: light-blue, red, yellow, purple… each house is painted in a different colour. Walking through the small streets and fondamenta you will breath an authentic popular atmosphere: the front doors are often left open, a clear sign that everybody knows and trusts one another, and when temperatures turn mild, serene old ladies chat undisturbed as they mend sitting in the open air in front of their houses.
The making of lace with sewing needles started to develop on the island around the 16th century and was immediately supported by Venetian noblewomen. It then started declining until it was relaunched at the end of the 19th century, when a school and a workshop that are still operating were founded. As get off the landing jetty, wander through the narrow streets and fondamenta watching the numerous shop-windows where you can buy wonderful linen decorated with superb lace, but do stop at a confectioner’s or at a baker’s: Burano is also renowned for its biscuits (called indeed buranei).
By following the stream of people, you can easily reach the only square of the Burano island (strangely enoughquite a large one) dedicated to Baldassarre Galuppi, an 18th century composer from Murano. The square is overlooked by the church of S. Martino, the cathedral, with its typical façade with no portal (the entrance is on one side) and by the Museo del merletto (Lace museum).