Burano: The Island Where the Rainbow Fell

It was raining when I got out of the vaporetto (water bus) and reached Burano, a short ride from Venice. I took refuge in a small caffe which had one only bartender/attendant. It was crowded but that was the only way to steer clear of the heavy downpour. I ordered a cappuccino and savoured the warm feeling.



A rainy start to the day in Burano

After 20 minutes or so the rain stopped and I left the cafe, excited to see Burano- the island where the rainbow fell. Legend says that the island is such because years ago it was difficult for fishermen to find their way in the fog, hence they painted their houses in different shades to recognize them easily.

Looking for bussola
Isn’t this something? I’d love to live in one of these houses


Intriguing isn’t it? Apart from being the rainbow island, Burano is also famous for bussola (a type of biscuit) and handmade lace. Women congregate to make the lace at a common point. Unfortunately due to rains I couldn’t see any women sitting there. However, I did see lace in almost every shop of the island though I am not sure whether it was locally made or in China. So a word of caution if you must: make sure you buy genuine Burano lace as there are lot of fakes too that are not really made in Burano.

A quiet vicoli
Expensive lace and scarves on display

The charm of Burano definitely lies in its colors. All I did was gawk at the houses and click pictures. I also enjoyed fresh seafood at one of the Trattorias on the island.If given a chance, I would love to visit Burano again but this time maybe on a sunny day. I wouldn’t staying for a night either.


Less than 3,000 people live on this island
Such a pretty combination
Hurrying to the market before it starts raining?
Eating at a trattoria or an osteria is the best (local, inexpensive and fresh)


Love them all, hard to resist a color
Burano from the water bus

This post is for my friend Priyanka who traveled to Burano only a few years after and loved it just as much.

46 thoughts on “Burano: The Island Where the Rainbow Fell

  1. Lovely photos. I haven’t been to Burano in a long time, but still remember it well. I was fascinated that the houses are all painted different colors so the fishermen returning home at night, and in foggy weather, knew which house was his. Or maybe after too much vino! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ishita,
    I love this post…your words as well as the colorful photos. Great job! Having been to Burano I totally agree about what a unique place it is. I didn’t know the reason behind the choice to point the houses in such bright colors until now. Thank you for teaching me something new!!

  3. Thank you Ishita for the special mention !! <3 Burano was indeed a lovely little island ! I remember being extremely hungry upon reaching there (and yes it was a cold rainy day too :P) so we picked up some hot chocolate and cookies from a very cute bakery and started walking around..exploring the place.. Fond memories <3 🙂 Thanks again !!

  4. Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this gem of an island! The name is clearly well deserved; even in the rain it’s just so gorgeous. Definitely on my list for next time I visit. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Who cares about the rain? It is beautiful rain or shine. I have been to Venice but never made it to any of the islands, so I will put Burano the rainbow island on my list alongside Murano, home of handmade glass. Did you get to Murano too Ishita?

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