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Burano:  Famous Features and People

  • May be named after the Buriana family -- one story of the founders of Burano.  Another story of its name -- Burano  means Porta Boreana, or northern door. Notice the similarity to our northern [aurora] borealis!
  • Fishing & farming, originally
  • Brightly colored homes to delineate properties; painted in systematic colors; painting or repainting must be approved by the government.
  • Vaporetto (boat taxi) is the main mode of transportation between islands.
  • Acqua Alta (high water) & Sirocco (storm winds from North Africa) also affect Murano, but not as severely as Venice.
  • Lace and embroidery brought new industry and economic boost to Burano.
  • Museo del Merlotto (Lace Museum)
  • Home of Baldassarre Galuppi, famous musician.
  • Square built and named after Galuppi.  Removed old mill, filled in canal (reducing Burano's islands from 5 to 4). Galuppi square is the economic hub
    of lace and tourism.
  • St. Albano's arm (must read about this story -- worth the effort!)

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Last updated on June 14, 2012.


Sources & Resources for Burano

[VNGV]  New Guide of Venice. (2000). Milan, Italy: KINA Italia.

[BWE]   Burano - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (2011, November 25). Retrieved March 23, 2012, from Wikipedia:

[SDBF] Timing of post-depositional events in the Burano Formation of the Secchia valley. (April 2001, April). 140(1-2), 107-122. Retrieved from Science Direct - Sedimentary Geology:

[BARR] Barovier Mentasti, R., Dorigato, A., Gasparetto, A., & Toninato, T. (Eds.). (1982, July). Mille anni di arte del vetro a Venezia (Abstract). Retrieved May 22, 2012, from Conservation Information Network (BCIN):

[BCOW] Colours of Burano, Venice (Italy). (n.d.). Retrieved May 23, 2012, from Isla di Burano (official Web site):

[VGPL]  Gatto, P. (1981). The Lagoon of Venice; natural environmental trend and man-induced modification. Hydrological Sciences Bulletin, 26(#1981), pp. 379-391. doi:10.1080/20626668109490902. Retrieved May 23, 2012, from Taylor & Francis Online:

[VBCJ]  Jackson, P. (1998). Cambridge Journals. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies(61), 82-101. doi:10.1017/S00441977X00015779. Retrieved May 23, 2012 from Cambridge Journals:

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[BOWL] Legends about Burano, Venice (Italy). (n.d.). Retrieved May 23, 2012, from Isla di Burano (official Web site):

[MBML] Martina Lace. (n.d.). Retrieved May 23, 2012, from Martina Lace:

[BOWF] The history of Burano island foundation, Venice (Italy). (n.d.). Retrieved May 2012 23, 2012, from Isla di Burano (official Web site)

[VKEA] Keahey, J. (2002). Venice Against the Sea, a City Beseiged (First ed.) New York, New York: Thomas Dunne Books.

[VMOR] Morris, J (1993). The World of Venice. San Diego, CA, USA: Harcourt Brace & Company.

[VNORW] Norwich, J. J. (2003). Paradise of Cities, Venice in the 19th Century (First ed.). New York, NY, USA: Doubleday.

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