The four mile vaporetto ride from Venice to Burano takes you to a different world. You leave the formal architectural treasures designed and built through the Byzantine, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras to see the modest two and three story homes and shops that were traditionally occupied by the lace makers of Venice.
The artistry of Burano is not in building design but choice of house paint colors. I had supposed that the lace makers chose their colors. In fact, house colors follow a strict age old system and individual house colors must be approved by the local government.
Although I was attracted by the very bright colors of the shops and resaurants, I also walked through the quieter neighborhoods. I found fewer bright colors there and some disrepair in these areas but the steady breeze on the canals still provided some exciting images with a lot of movement.