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Burano is an island in the Venetian Lagoon well known for its vibrantly colored houses. It lies near Torcello at the northern end of the Lagoon, and is known for its lacework. The island was probably settled by the Romans, and in the sixth century was occupied by people from Altino, who named it for one of the gates of their former city. Two stories are attributed to how the city obtained its name. One is that it was initially founded by the Buriana family, and another is that the first settlers of Burano came from the small island of Buranello, five miles to the south.
The colours of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development; if someone wishes to paint their home, one must send a request to the government, who will respond by making notice of the certain colours permitted for that lot. This practice has resulted in the myriad of warm, pastelly colours that characterises the island today.
Burano is situated 7 kilometers from Venice, a short 40 minute trip by Venetian boats, "vaporetti." The island is linked to Mazzorbo by a bridge. The current population of Burano is about 4,000.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burano

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