Venice, rich in architecture and steeped in history, is the most amazing of cities but catch a vaporetto from Fondamenta Nuove for a 40 minute ride to the island of Burano and it will take your breath away.
For Burano is a riot of colour, an assault on the eyes, where the houses are painted in the most vibrant of hues to bring alive even the dullest of days. Everywhere you look you see houses clad in all the vivid colours of the rainbow.
According to tradition the Buranese custom of painting houses in these bright colours originates from the colours painted on local fishing boats. The colours adhere to a specific designated system and anyone wishing to paint their home must paint it the specific colour allocated for that plot.
Burano is a visual treat and the overall effect is simply stunning.
Words and photographs Copyright © 2016 by Antony J Waller