Postcard from Burano, Italy
I love finding goodies in my mailbox, whether it be a new magazine I am subscribed to, a book I ordered online, or better yet, surprises by way of a care package from my parents in New York City or a postcard with a simple “thinking of you” from a friend or family member around the world. Guy Trebay wrote a wonderful piece on the future of the postcard in this social media heavy world (Travel + Leisure, February 2010), and I too grow saddened at a world without traditional paper postcards, mailed with a licked stamp, arriving days or weeks after you’ve already returned home from that trip. I send hand-written letters, use a filo-fax, make lists with a pencil and eraser, have vintage postcards and paper photos on my wall and love checking out the fun, new stamps at the post office. And of course, I send postcards on my travels.
I just received a postcard from a friend visiting Venice, with an image almost identical to my photo above. When I was there last year, you would think I was on a mission to carry back as much weight in torrone as possible, but that wasn’t quite my motive (the gelato got in the way). That said, I do regret that now. I was on my way to Croatia, and had a bonus day in Venice. I roamed the streets, checked out a few cioccolateria, pasticceria, panificio and gelateria (but of course), stood at the bar at Trattoria Ca d’Oro (“Alla Vedova”) and enjoyed a few rounds of cicheti (tapas). Then I made my way across the lagoon to Burano. I told my friend that this was a must visit. And now I’m telling you.
Many people visiting Venice may take a boat ride to visit Murano for its world famous glass, or perhaps to Burano for its lace. My recommendation would be to visit Burano for the sheer variety of colors alone. If I hadn’t been last year, I would never have believed Burano is truly as colorful as the postcard. It is.
It’s a small island, so it’s best to simply wander around the narrow streets, winding back and forth and around. You’ll pass through arched passageways, come to many a dead-end, and find yourself ending up along the canal, admiring the colorful reflections of the boats and houses on the water. You’ll pass lots of little shops selling lace in all shapes and sizes, Venetian carnival masks and various other tchotchkes. Just don’t forget to pick up a postcard and send a “hello from Burano” the traditional way.
Where to find the freshest fish & seafood in Burano:
Trattoria al Gatto Nero
Trattoria da Romano