Burano is an island in the Venice Lagoon in Italy, often lumped in with nearby Murano which is far larger. Once home to many artists who specialized in the creation of lace; now there are just a few, and it is home to a dwindling population that mainly service the tourists who come to gawk at all the brightly painted houses.
No one is absolutely certain how Burano's homes became so brightly colored. Though theories state fisherman wanted the colors to help them find their way home through heavy fog. Regardless, these days homeowners on the island must choose from a list of approved paint colors that the Italian government maintains.
Traveling to Burano for the day is easy, public water bus routes are plentiful and rates are as low as €15 return from around Piazza San Marco.