OMG, everyone. I'm not sure I've ever been more obsessed with a place than I am with Burano. One step on that island and I could not even focus on all the awesomeness. So. Much. Color.
I don't know how other photographers are, but sometimes when I get overly excited, it can be a bad thing for me. I will go to a shoot and just get so overwhelmed with all the possibilities that I am running around like a chicken with its head cut off. I'll be taking a picture and then get distracted by some other beautiful thing, go shoot that, see some other shiny object...I'm all over the place. As you can imagine, this happened to me on Burano. That island is just too good to be true. Except it does exist, and is exactly as amazing as pictured.
Also, the weather this past weekend was absolutely beautiful. We are from Missouri, and I'm totally used to a peak of spring popping its way into the throes of winter, and then quickly disappearing again, while probably laughing maniacally at how quickly we put on shorts. However, the weather here in Italy has actually been really beautiful the last couple weeks, and perhaps it's here to stay until the rains come. So, we took advantage of this and took a day trip to Venice.
We live about an hour from Venice, but for some reason, Tyler hadn't been yet! Because it's so close, it was a no-brainer that that is how we would be spending the early spring weather on a long, holiday weekend. We parked at the train station at the Venezia Mestre stop, and then took the train in for under 2€ each into Venezia San Lucia, which opens right into the heart of the city.
Even though Tyler had never even seen Venice before and was so blown away when we stepped out of the train station right into the heart of the canals and charm, I was dead set on heading straight for Burano, which is only reachable by boat. We took the number 12 public ferry from Fondemente Nove in Venice, and after an hour spent in very cozy quarters with many Italians who have a different concept of personal space than Americans, we were in Burano.
We were in for such a treat. Tyler was a little annoyed that I took him away from the beauty of Venice and put him on a long ferry ride away from the city, but he understood once we had our feet planed on the island. It was just as fantastic as seen in all those travel magazines and pictures I had pinned.
After doing a leisurely walk and taking a couple hundred pictures, we wanted to grab a bite to eat before the shops closed up for lunch. In case you don't know, most non-touristy Italian cities (like the one where we live) do not have restaurants that are open throughout the day like American restaurants. They have hours for lunch and hours for dinner, and typically dinner comes a bit later, which most places opening back up around 7:30. Burano isn't quite as touristy as Venice, and I'm sure it depends on the season, but thankfully most of the restaurants had longer lunch hours, and were open until around 3:30.
We had a long lunch at the beautiful Trattoria da Romano, via a recommendation from Anthony Bourdain, one of our favorite food tourists. The place is really fun, with a red and green façade and playful waiters in elegant white suits bussing about. The patio was full, but inside was also quite grand, with old photographs and artwork filling the walls and a gorgeous dessert cart the waiters rolled around just to taunt you.
The lunch was quite pricey, but Tyler is a total sucker for seafood, and we try to indulge when we can — and oceanside cities are just the place to dig deep into your pockets for that type of cuisine, in our humble opinion. I ordered two appetizers for my main course — mixed mussels & clams, plus shrimp with lemon and olive oil. Tyler had the special of the day — gnocchi with a creamy king crab sauce with large chunks of meat. Everything was fantastic.
After lunch, we wandered the alleyways and side streets and just enjoyed the weather and the beauty of the island. We're not much for souvenirs, but Burano is known for its intricate lace, and there were plenty of shops showcasing the gorgeous textiles. There isn't a ton to do on the island except eat, shop and walk about, but that's what we like to do anyway, so we just explored and I took even more pictures until the minute our ferry arrived and we elbowed our way back on. It was a fantastic day trip, and I'd encourage anyone who makes it to Venice to make the trek out to Burano to appreciate its rich hues and snap plenty of envy-worthy Instagrams.
Photos and text © Katie Currid 2015. All rights reserved.