1. Burano Island, January 2008. The pretty little Italian island of Burano sits in the northern Venetian Lagoon, just a ten-minute boat ride from the city of Venice. Home to just three thousand residents, Burano is famous throughout the country for its lace production and charming collection of multicoloured houses. In fact, this tiny little place often pops up on magazine lists as one of the top ten most colourful places in the world!