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The Sirens and the lace from Burano in the Venice lagoon

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The Sirens and the lace from Burano in the Venice lagoon

The island of Burano island in the Venice lagoon is definitely a magical place: filled with small colourful houses, delicious cookies, small restaurants offering the best seafood ... And above all, handmade lace!

The lace-makers are really an attraction of the island and even the biggest international fashion houses have often used this fine embroidery.

Legend has it that a long time ago in Burano lived a fisherman named Nicholas. He was beautiful and good-natured, and considered to be the most eligible bachelor in the area. All the girls wanted him but he had eyes only for Mary, his fiancée.

A few days before their wedding, Nicolò was at  sea fishing when he began to hear a sweet song. In short he saw that his boat was surrounded by a group of beautiful women: they were the Sirens.

However, Nicolò was not enchanted and in his mind stayed only the image of Mary. The Sirens were really affected by the love that Nicolò felt for his girlfriend and donated him a magnificent embroidery, created with the foam of the sea.

Nicolò gave the object to his the bride on their wedding day, and Mary, extremely proud of her gorgeous lace, set to work to recreate…Hence, Burano lace was born!

Visiting the island of Burano is an experience that should not to be missed during your stay in Venice! The island is reached by the Venetian public transport in about 45 minutes. After landing, take advantage of the experience of a local guide to discover the places and traditions of this unique island with Discover Burano - The secret corners of Burano!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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