Do you like taking pictures? Let’s go to Burano together!
It’s been two years since I have discovered a new passion for photography, and I really think I am so lucky to work in Venice, a city that is always able to enchant me with its exceptional views, from dawn to sunset.
The entire Lagoon, along with the city itself, are masterpieces that deserve to be photographed with a mobile phone, with a reflex or a mirrorless camera, actually with any technological device you have at hand.
Today I am going to Burano: it’s a very well known island because of its lace, its delicious cookies called bussolai and those incredibly colorful houses that have given this place the nickname “rainbow island”
Whenever I decide to dedicate part of the day to photography, I feel really impatient… which is what is happening right now.
On the vaporetto (the water bus) I just stop thinking and my mind is fully caught by the golden reflections on the Lagoon, by the tinkling of the water, by the impalpable atmosphere that the mist brings along… and I dissolve in this mist.
The leaning bell tower of St. Martin’s church in Burano brings me back to reality: I am almost there and I already feel at home (and I do not know why, since I actually live in the mainland… Venetian mysteries…).
I get off the boat and here is the island, only for me!
I wish this could be true! There are instead plenty of tourists, but my passion and my enthusiasm overcome my reason, showing me only what I desire to see.
The bright colors of the houses give me that kind of peace that is necessary to start taking photographs.
Have you ever wondered why the houses are painted in so many colors? I am a tourist guide, so I frequently have to explain the reason to my guests: the fishermen of the island can spot their houses from a distance, even on foggy days. There are also several legends on this topic, but I will tell you on a guided tour together!
The first picture I take is the one of a small house of my favorite color, purple. In spring, when the wisteria is blossoming, it becomes so amazing that I always show it to my tourists! It is such a pleasant surprise.
I am really impressed by the patience and love shown by the inhabitants of Burano in decorating and painting even the smallest details of their houses.
Along the canals the beauty of this small island is fully revealed: everything gets reflected, everything redoubles. And I find myself in a magical world with no rules, no adults, no children… the only thing that exists is the pure love for this jewel, and I feel I am part of it.
I walk round the corner and I meet some lacemakers working and chatting together. I get closer to join their chats and they really make me feel welcome: their sense of hospitality and their kindness seem to spring out from a lost age.
I wait for the sun to set: the light is perfect for photos. Everything now changes: the pinkish sky reflects into the water of the canals, along with the golden sun beams… it is an ever changing show.
Now it is about time to get on the vaporetto again to go back, and I start walking towards the pier.
We all have different passions: I would like to share mine with you!
I will be waiting for you here in Venice with my colleagues of Best Venice Guides.