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Burano, as it was

A short newsreel about life on the island of Burano. No date is shown on the credits but my guess is that it's from the early 1900's. This is simply beautiful.

Comments (9)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Maria, that was an awesome video! It was neat to see the old fishing boats with their sails and the women making the lace. This film is in Black and White and I wonder if the buildings back then were colorful as they are now. I enjoyed my visit to Burano and it's very cool to see this video of how life was like back then.

Thanks so much for sharing this great YouTube find Maria! Have a great day!

How neat! I was wondering about the colors of the buildings back then too. I imagine they were colorful.
Thanks for sharing Maria.

Wow - what a great video. It sure has changed now!

Barb Cabot:

Charming view of long ago Burano. Such a mystical place that still to me appears to have time still.


What a wonderful video Maria, where did you find it?

The sail boats are so lovely, and the women's lace work is beautiful.

Thank you for sharing this quaint view back in time of one of my favorite places. To see the women doing her lace work, I stood for the longest time in a shop, when we where there, just marveling at the tiny stitches they would make. This is a rare gem. Thank you again.


Kathy, I’m glad you liked the video. I share your curiosity about the color of the buildings at the time this clip was made. Maybe I'll do a little research to try to find the answer.

Candi, I looked again at the video, pressing pause to take a closer look and I could see some variation on the blacks and grays. I also think that they might have already been painted in the vivid colors.

Jerry, life was so much simpler back then.

Barb, I got the same feeling while visiting Burano, with some areas looking frozen in time.

Sandra, the video was embedded on a website about traveling to Burano. I found about eight additional videos of Venice at the beginning of the 20th century. Very interesting and kind of nostalgic to see Venice back in time.

SandraK, you’re lucky to have seen women working on their lace. I wanted to visit the Lace Museum but it was closed for renovations. I guess I have to go back. :)

If or when you make it back to Burano, I wanted you to know, that in every shop we went into, there were ladies working on their lace. We never even went into the Lace Museum. It was just so thrilling to see them at work, and now after seeing that little film clip, and they are still doing it just the same.

I really loved this video. It was great seeing the old boats, the fashion of the clothes, and the lace making. I also wondered about the color of the buildings. Burano seems so different in black and white. Have you ever read City of Masks? For some reason this video reminded me of that book.

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