Where Venice - - Contents - BY STE­FA­NO TRAI­NE

Lo­ved by tou­rists, the island is fa­mous for its co­lour­ful hou­ses, but­ter bui­scui­ts and, abo­ve all, its han­d­craf­ted la­ce.

In ad­di­tion to Mu­ra­no and Tor­cel­lo, this island on the Ve­ne­tian Lagoon should not be mis­sed. Lo­ved (and wi­de­ly pho­to­gra­phed) by tou­rists, it is fa­mous for its co­lour­ful hou­ses, but­ter bi­scui­ts and abo­ve all, its han­d­craf­ted la­ce.

Wi­th a po­pu­la­tion of on­ly th­ree thou­sand in­ha­bi­tan­ts, the island's row of hou­ses, who­se fa­ca­des boa­st all the co­lours of the rain­bow, ma­ke it one of the mo­st pic­tu­re­sque pla­ces on ear­th! Ho­we­ver, the ori­gin of this tra­di­tion of pain­ting the hou­ses in bright co­lours was not on­ly for ae­sthe­tic rea­sons. Legend has it that its fi­sher­men, of­ten con­fu­sed by fre­quent banks of fog, de­vi­sed a chro­ma­tic co­de that would help them iden­ti­fy their own lan­ding piers mo­re ea­si­ly. .

The island is al­so the ca­pi­tal of hand­ma­de

la­ce, a craft kept ali­ve for cen­tu­ries by the wi­ves of fi­sher­men wai­ting for their hu­sbands to re­turn from sea. The work is ex­tre­me­ly exac­ting, wi­th ea­ch woman spe­cia­li­zing in a sin­gle stit­ch. Groups of wo­men work di­li­gen­tly for days to pro­du­ce items, whe­ther lar­ge or small, of mat­chless beau­ty: trims for dres­ses, accessories, ta­ble­clo­ths, glo­ves, um­brel­las and ma­sks, all ma­de from this de­li­ca­te, whi­te la­ce, craf­ted wi­th a pain­sta­king at­ten­tion to de­tail that has la­sted for cen­tu­ries. Whi­le on the island, ma­ke su­re to vi­sit the Mu­seum of La­ceMa­king (Piaz­za Ga­lup­pi, 187).

But­ter bi­scui­ts kno­wn as Bu­ra­nel­li are fa­mous on the island and you'll be of­fe­red them whe­re­ver you go. Ho­we­ver, this is not the on­ly spe­cial­ty that you'll find. The island has a long-stan­ding ga­stro­no­mic tra­di­tion lin­ked, abo­ve all, to fre­sh fi­sh.

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