Seniors Enjoy The Rainbow Island

I recently was watching a travel show hosted by Steve Steves, my travel hero.  He was visiting Venice and took a side trip to Burano and Murano.  A senior trip to Venice must be complemented with a visit to Burano.

The island of Burano has a current population of about 2,800 inhabitants and consists of four individual islands, which are separated by narrow canals. Burano is most famous for lace-making and for its brightly-colored fishermen’s houses. The island is a photographer’s paradise. So seniors, when you go to Venice, be aware that right next door is Burano, a “Must See.”. It’s a perfect day trip away from Venice.

Burano is known for its small, brightly painted houses that are popular with artists. The colors of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development. If a resident wishes to paint their home, they must send a request to the government, who will respond by making notice of the certain colors permitted for that lot. How about that?

TripAdvisor’s Best of Burano  lists a few attractions senior visitors will not want to miss that include seafood places to eat like Ai Pescatori. This restaurant opened 200 years ago in a building that was antique even then. Al Gatto Nero is another top-notch choice.

Senior Visitors Discover Burano’s Lace

The Burano women have developed a fine, delicate form of lace known as “punto in aria” (points in the air) which transformed the island into one of the most prosperous lacemaking centers in Europe. Plan to visit the Burano Lacemaking Museum (Museo del Merletto di Burano). The Merletto Museum is recent, though it traces its roots back to the lace-making school, which lasted a century.

Senior visitors are intrigued by the many colors of houses that are reflected into the green waters of channels, by the Oblique Bell Tower, by the tranquility and the calmness with which the elderly ladies embroider by their tombolo, while they are laughing and chatting in squares. It seems to be in paradise. Children who dart freely with their bicycles, balconies with multicolored flowers, fishermen who put up fresh fish from their traditional boats.

Just 40 minutes by ferry from Venice, Burano’s colorful houses offer senior visitors a respite from the faded gray of most Venetian Pallazzi. The houses, it is said, were painted these brilliant colors out of the fishermen’s’ desire to see their own houses from far out at sea (or to find them when they’d had a bit too much to drink).

Consider one of these tours from Venice. This blog was tough to compose as it kept coming up those multiple beautiful little houses that dot the island everywhere and all I wanted to do was to look at them. So, after Venice plan on a side trip to Burano.  I think that you will love it and your camera will too. It’s a “Little Piece of Italian Magic.” jeb

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