Lace Tablecloths: Burano

Colorful houses and production of lace tablecloths

Lace Tablecloths. Burano was one of the first colonized islands by the Altino’s inhabitants who tried to get away from the barbaric peoples who were invading northern Italy. Situated in the north-east position of the lagoon was and it is still subject to bora winds, for this reason its name comes from “Porta Boreana”.

The island economy has always been on fishing and horticulture. The first homes called “casoni” were typical constructions made with reeds and mud and the floor of beaten earth. They were very poor typical constructions of earlier Venetian countryside and lagoon settlements.

Over the time, these primitive dwellings were replaced by brick houses painted with bright colours that we can still admire and which form the characteristic known throughout the world. Burano, however, became famous in the world for its lace tablecloths production, by attracting thousands of visitors mesmerized by its colours and the lace museum.

Burano is divided into five small villages connected by some bridges: San Martino Destro (right), San Martino Sinistro (left), San Mauro, Giucecca and Terranova which are separated from their respective canals: Rio Ponticello, Rio Zuecca and Rio Terranova.

The church of St. Martino, whose construction dates back to 1500s, is the most important of the island. It is located on the main square and its name comes from the musician “Baldassarre Galuppi” of the eighteenth century. It has a three naves latin cross floor plan and on the unfinished façade there is a lack of marble application.

Within the building and worthy of note there are: Giambattista Tiepolo’s Crucifixion, Bernardino Prudenti’s altarpiece and Gerolamo of Santacroce’s altarpiece.