Burano is a small group of islands 7 km away from the centre of Venice (San Marco square). Burano are 4 islands separated by 10 metres wide water canals suitable just for small fisheremen boats but allowing reflection of coloured fronts of houses. Adjacent sland of Mazzorbo is connected to Burano by a bridge.
Total population of Burano is about 2800 people and apart from vibrant colours of houses that draw many tourists to visit, it is also famous for lacework. Its history can be discovered in the Museum and School of Lacemaking. Lace was exported from Burano since Middle Ages to all accross Europe, but that business declined in 18th century. The revival only came in 1892 with the opening of the Burano School of Lacemaking.
The colours of the houses follow a specific system stemming from the period of golden age for Burano. When someone wishes to paint or repaint their home, they must send a request to local authorities. They respond by indicating certain colours permitted for that lot.
Boat trip from San Marco north-east to reach Burano archipelago by waterbus takes 40 minutes. It only takes 10 minutes to get to Torcello island from the Burano boat pier.