Northern Italy

Route: Burano

Area: Northern Italy

Date of walk: 26th November 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.0 miles

Weather: Dull and cold

Burano is an island in the Venetian Lagoon and is known for its brightly coloured houses. The colours formerly signified land ownership but the tradition lingers on, and if someone wishes to paint their house a request must be made to the government

We started our walk from our hotel in Venice and this gave us a good opportunity to explore the Castello and Cannareggio areas of the city as we walked to the ferry. At Fondamente Nove we purchased two return tickets and climbed on board the No. 12 ferry. After an enjoyable 40 minute ride we disembarked on the small island of Mazzorbo and after a brief stroll around we crossed the footbridge to Burano

Although it was a dull and overcast day, the colours of the houses on Burano shone out like beacons – an amazing sight. We didn’t follow a fixed route and instead wandered around for a couple of hours, wherever our fancy took us

We caught the ferry back to Venice and returned to our hotel through the wonderful narrow streets and alleys which are so full of beauty and interest

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