This island in the Venetian laguna is famous for its glassware production. Most glass workshops and factories can be visited ... More
This island in the Venetian laguna is famous for its glassware production. Most glass workshops and factories can be visited free of charge, and more glassware can be admired at the Museo Vetrario , which displays the history of Venetian glass-blowing. Nearly all the shops on the island cater to the glass trade. Crowds are leaner during the off-season winter months. To get here via vaporetto, take either line 41, 42, or DM from Fondamente Nuove or 71 & 72 from San Zaccaria or Piazzale Roma.
Visit the museum first to get a little background knowledge. Then browse the shops. You can buy from very cheap trinkets to you-must-be-a-millionaire to be able to buy this, glass. If it is authentic Murano glass it will have a special holographic gold seal upon it.
Murano-- a tightly clustered island of tourist shops, warehouses and glass workshops/furnaces-- is a daytrip not to be missed in Italy. When we travelled, a boat took us "for free" from the hotel, and deposited us at one of the expensive showrooms/glass manufacturers. After a quick and lackluster tour of the furnace, they pressed us to buy expensive wares. We "thought about it" while walking the town. That was the best part.
We found a small furnace with a single artisan and his hilarious and diligent assistant. TFZ? I believe? My 10-year-old brother was entraced at how the master twisted molten glass into fish, horses and birds. We watched for hours. Eventually the master let my brother take his hand at it, and he twisted the glass himself, and eventually was allowed to blow it, briefly, into a small balloon. We returned the next day. The artisans were skilled with the glass, but gentle and sensitive with my small brother. At the end of the trip, he could talk of nothing else.
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