VENICE, ITALY
«Murano & Burano»

Photos © Ruud Leeuw


 
Venice: I cannot think of anyone who may not have heard of this Italian City.
Even though I had been here before, those visits I now regard as superficial glances.
The first time was with my parents, must have been aged 10 or so; that would be around 1965 or 1966.
The next time was in 1978, with my girlfriend (later to become my wife). Another visit in 2009, rather more for allowing my mother one last peek at her favourite city.

This time I went on an extensive visit, also visiting sights my mother (r.i.p.) had visited with her friends. Places such as Murano and Burano - easily overlooked on many a hasty visit.
I hope you will enjoy my report on these two small islands in the Venetian Lagoon.

MURANO

Murano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015
The Vaporetto passed this work of art. Only fitting for a city to host the Biennale.

Murano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015
Passing the island with the cemetery ('Cimitero'), something for another visit.

Murano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015
The waterfront.

 


 

 

Murano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015
Murano is of course world famous for its glass works.

Murano is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy.
It lies about 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles) north of Venice and measures about 1.5 km (0.9 mi) across with a population of just over 5,000 (2004 figures).
It is famous for its glass making.

It was once an independent community, but is now a frazione of the commune of Venice.

 

Murano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015

Murano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015

Murano was initially settled by the Romans and from the 6th century by people from Altinum and Oderzo. At first, the island prospered as a fishing port and through its production of salt.
It was also a centre for trade through the port it controlled on Sant'Erasmo.
From the eleventh century, it began to decline as islanders moved to Dorsoduro.

Early in the second millennium hermits of the Camaldolese Order occupied one of the islands, seeking a place of solitude for their way of life. There they founded the Monastery of St. Michael (Italian: S. Michele di Murano). This monastery became a great center of learning and printing. The famous cartographer, Fra Mauro, whose maps were crucial to the European exploration of the world, was a monk of this community.
I think the map he made is on display in the historic library on Piazza San Marco.

The monastery was suppressed in 1810 by French forces under Napoleon, in the course of their conquest of the Italian peninsula, and the monks were expelled in 1814. The grounds then became Venice's major cemetery.

In 1291, all the glassmakers in Venice were forced to move to Murano due to the risk of fires.
In the following century, exports began, and the island became famous, initially for glass beads and mirrors. Aventurine glass was invented on the island, and for a while Murano was the main producer of glass in Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murano

 

 


 

 

Murano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015
TNT delivering parcels from a distribution center here, just like at home.

 

 

Murano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015

 

Murano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015

Murano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015

 


 

 

Murano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015

Murano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015Marco Polo Fornace at Murano

Murano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015


 

 

Burano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015
Yes, the water levels are rising.

Burano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015

 


Burano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015
Burano's skyline!
 
BURANO

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I was expecting colourful houses at Burano, but this one does not quite fit the picture!

Burano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015
Well now, this is indeed more like it: colours that almost hurt your eyes!

Burano is an island in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy; like Venice itself, it could more correctly be called an archipelago of four islands linked by bridges.
It is situated near Torcello at the northern end of the Lagoon, and is known for its work and brightly coloured homes.
Burano is situated 7 kilometres (4 miles) from Venice, a 40-minute trip by Venetian motorboats, 'vaporetti'.
The current population of Burano is about 2,800.
Wikipedia

 

Burano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015

 


 

 

Burano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015

Burano rose in importance only in the 16th century, when women on the island began making lace with needles, being introduced to such a trade via Venetian-ruled Cyprus.
When Leonardo da Vinci visited in 1481, he visited the small town of Lefkara and purchased a cloth for the main altar of the Duomo di Milano.
The lace was soon exported across Europe, but trade began to decline in the 18th century.

Burano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015

Burano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015

 


 

 

Burano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015
We walk towards the tower, but I found it hard to illustrate its 'leaning' character as seen on the skyline photo.

Burano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015
Until I got to this spot where it can easily be noticed that it does lean at an awkward angle!


 

 

Burano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015

Burano is now mainly known for its small, brightly painted houses, popular with artists.
The colours of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development; if someone wishes to paint their home, one must send a request to the government, who will respond by making notice of the certain colours permitted for that lot.
Other attractions include the Church of San Martino, with a leaning campanile.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burano

 

Burano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015

Burano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015

Burano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015


 

Burano, Venice Lagoon, Italy - 2015
Epitome of Italian macho display I thought: racing a speedboat, slamming against the waves, with
a bikini-clad young woman next to The Captain. You see that a lot here, probably not just from Italians!

On the Vaporetti from Burano to Lido
Two young girls engrossed in rolling cigarettes for their day out; I think she got 6 ciggies done in
at least 20 minutes; at least that way she will never become a heavy smoker!