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The Venetian island of Burano, Italy is the home to a shockingly bright and intricately planned city. Originally drenched in highly-saturated tones so local fishermen could see them to navigate through fog, the colors are now part of Burano’s appeal as an oft-visited retreat from Venice.

Burano is just four miles from Venice, which makes it an ideal escape for those who feel crowded in the more popular water-navigated city. Small shops and authentic restaurants make up the town center, with everything found within walking distance. In fact, the island is more accurately described as an archipelago of four islands interconnected by bridges.

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painted island two boats burano italy

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Burano houses must adhere to a strict code and color pattern that is believed to have been in place since the city’s developmental peak. For example, if a homeowner wishes to repaint their property they must first send a letter to government officials outlining their request. City officials will then respond to the request, taking into account the designated colors that are approved for each individual lot of homes.

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Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.
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