Burano has been my place of longing for a certain time. I’ve been dreaming for a while about taking pictures of the contrasting colours. Since the old town of Venice is very crowded in the warm season, I recommend visiting the much quieter, but no less beautiful lagoon islands. In addition, the vaporetto (water bus) to Burano with blue sky and sun is a special treat.
The Burano Experience
The afternoon sun is still warm and I am passing houses in many different colours along canals. They look best at this time of the day, which as the Golden Hour is one of the best for photography. The pretty buildings are decorated with a lot of flowes I’m walking across many canals. I see kids playing in calm courtyards and some old ladies looking outside the window or chatting in the street. When I see laundry drying in the sun, I get this wonderful feeling: “I have arrived in Southern Europe”. I experience the small island as peaceful, tranquil and inspiring.
The other Venice
In my opinion Venice is always worth a visit. And yet it can be exhausting. In any season a lot is going on around the Rialtobrücke and San Marco and in summer it can get extreme. How nice that you have the opportunity to explore the surrounding islands of the lagoon with the Vaporetto boat. Burano is certainly one of the highlights of the lagoon. A different, maybe better Venice without the stress of the masses.
A dream for photography, enjoyment and exploration
Buano might be one of the most picturesque and photogenic places on earth. On my trip I was very lucky with the weather. Under a perfect blue sky I had the opportunity to explore this idyllic place in depth. And there is a lot to discover like local handicraft or architectural details. No wonder the island attracts lots of photographers and painters. Also if you are none of this, a walk at the canals, passing many bridges is a wonderful experience.
Like the old town of Venice Burano has many canals. Apart from its shopping street the stillness of Burano is charming. Also the local people like strolling along the beautiful canals: Even the central plaza of the small Island with a wonderful old church is peaceful. There, only some quiet street music was in the air, which intensified the beautiful atmosphere. To have the full experience, I also recommend exploring the small lanes beyond the canals.
Find below more photos of my walk in Burano (just click to enlarge):