1. Burano Islands, Italy
View of the canal in Burano, an island in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy, known for its lacework and brightly colored homes. (Flickr/kevinpoh)
Sometimes, a little pop of color (or a lot!) is all a place needs to give off an air of cheer. These amazing spots around the globe range from natural wonders so colorful they look surreal to cities and towns who've used vibrant color to stand out from the urban landscape or add a touch of whimsy. The one thing they have in common? No Photoshop here! These 25 color-drenched locals are all one-of-a-kind feasts for the eyes.
First up? The Burano Islands outside of Venice, Italy.
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This cheery fishing village, located on the same lagoon as the famously romantic canal town (about 4 miles to the north of Venice), was likely settled during Roman times. Its four islands are linked by bridges and like Venice, canals wind through the narrow city streets.
Legend has it that fishermen started painting their houses in bright colors so that they could differentiate their homes from the water — but now, even houses on inland streets are brightly painted. Residents in the artsy community aren't allowed to give their house a makeover at will: The colors follow a specific system. Residents can only repaint in colors that are permitted for each lot and must request to make the change with the local government.