The majority of our inspiration comes from our surroundings, and with summer in full swing, we are ready to travel and explore. These Painted Cities are on the top of our list. The vibrancy of these destinations serves as a visual and cultural tonic, displaying colors that you can feel.
Burano is a small, colorful island located in Northern Italy, in the Venetian Lagoon. The canals of the island form a labyrinthine of beautiful fishing cottages in bright hues. According to island lore, local fisherman started painting their homes in bright colors so they could see them while out fishing in the fog and could follow their colors back home. Aside from fishing, Burano is known for having the most beautiful handmade lace in all of Italy.
Jodhpur, known as the “Blue City” , is a sea of indigo houses, stretching along the walls of the historic old city. A blue coating on a house used to indicate that a Brahmin—the priests of the Indian caste system—dwelled there, but over time the color became a badge of identity for non-Brahmins, too. This striking city lays on the edge of the Thar Desert, creating an amazing contrast between the blue clay and the red hot desert.
BO-KAAP, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Formerly known as the Malay Quarter, the bright buildings in Bo-Kaap stand out among Cape Town's more traditional structures. The mosques and homes in Bo-Kaap are a dazzling rainbow of blues, fuchsia, yellows, and greens. Dating back to the 16th century, this neighborhood is one of the oldest in the city., however, the residents only recently started transforming their homes. These bright hues are said to be an expression of freedom.
Trinidad is a town in central Cuba, known for its colonial architecture and cobblestone streets. The town is a unique mix of 1850’s architecture & 1950’s cars that feels frozen in time. Trinidad was one of the first Cuban towns founded by the Spanish, and it quickly grew wealthy from the production of sugar cane, cattle, and tobacco. The town’s wealth funded extravagant palaces, large plazas, and colorful colonial homes for rich plantation owners. Much of this colonial architecture remains, making it one of the best preserved historic towns, and a recognized World Heritage Site.
CINQUE TERRE, ITALY
Cinque Terre, which means Five Lands, comprise the five small coastal fishing villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Located in the northwest region of Italy, Cinque Terre is rooted in antiquity. These villages are notoriously isolated, with very few streets and a car ban. Aside from the stunning architecture, Cinque Terre's unique historical feature are the steeply terraced cliffs, and the intricate system of fields and gardens that have been hacked, chiselled, shaped and layered into the sides.
Words by Jordan Payne