So what to do once you´re at Murano? Well take your wallet and your credidt card, but most of all take your sense of humor. The kitschiness of some of the glassware is hysterical and you have to wonder who buys the green hippoes and pink flamingoes on show in some of the galleries. We ended up buying a book layer and some other small stuff.But most...more
Sleepy Murano is the largest of islands in the lagoon. It lies about 1,5 km across from Venice and was inhabitated since Roman times. The word Murano nowadays suggests glass factories and glass blowing. In fact the development of this island in the Middle Ages is strictly connected with glass. Murano was a commercial port as far back as the 7th...more
Despite the fact that the Museo Vetrario was closed and the canals were under construction there still were some nice sites we wanted to visit. Murano with a similar shape to Venice, is a nine island system, connected by wooden and masonry bridges, crossing the Canal Grande (Grand Canal). And because we had time on our hands we spended more time of...more
Most visitors to Murano spend the whole time there wandering from one glass shop to the other. I recommend buying your souvenirs quickly - or in Venice proper, where the choice is not any narrower - which will allow you to discover leisurely an interesting working-class island with much atmosphere of its own.more
Back in 1973, you could get in for free. Nowadays, a tout may extract a couple of euros from you, but it's still quite a show. The techniques are surprising: the way the handle of a pitcher gets pulled out like taffy is a true coup de théatre. Add the glow and the roar of the furnace, and you have an experience that combines the delicate and the...more
I went round the factories in Murano and saw the making of glass. What amazed me was their final product. They are one of the most beautiful glasses I had ever seen. The way they blew it had created masterpieces of their own. Actually once you stepped foot on Murano, there will be many anticing you to their showrooms. Take a look around and go in...more
To reach Murano most quickly, take the Vaporetto from the Fondamente Nove stop in the Cannaregio. The LN line passes by San Michele (the cemetery island) and reaches Murano's lightouse, or faro soon thereafter.
Murano is larger than Burano, and it has a small network of Vaporetto of its own.
The word Murano nowadays suggests glass factories and glass blowing. In fact the development of this island in the Middle Ages is strictly connected with glass. Like we said at the end of the 13th century the Venetian government decided to move all existing glass factories in Venice to the island. Because of this decision the methods of the craft...more
Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in Italy is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Italy with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.There are three main types...more
Be very careful when buying your Venetian Glass. I have had conversations with numerous venetian's and also read that organized crime has crept into the glass trade. A very large portion of the glass that you find in Venice has been blown in Asia, not Italy. I collect glass so I was very much concerned. I make a point of finding out who the old time glass blowers are and only buy from their representatives on Murano. One such dealer informed me he was actually afraid to raise a fuss about all the counterfeit stuff now in Venice. It seems that legally they can't do much about it. If you find glass that is cheaper than most be aware!!!! It is best to read a little about Murano's history and learn the families names. No reason to go all the trouble to buy collectible glass to only have it imported. I particularly like Marcello Ravanello's shop, Vetri D' Arte, Fondamenta Vetrai, 56 exclusive Nason & Moretti work. He carries some very fine collectors glass that is expensive but not outrageous. I also like the I Toso work, Fondamenta Colleoni 7, Another good glass artist is La Murrina, Via Isonzo 11.
Luggage and bags:
* Map and guidebook;
* 2 Liter of water;
* Fruit / power bars.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
* 1 extra t-shirt;
* Shorts with many pockets;
* Fleece type jacket;
* Hat / cap;
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
* (Neck) sunblock;
Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
* Extra batteries;
* Lens 210 mm.
Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
Murano isn't a big island. The biggest issue why you travel to Murano is because of the Glass manufacturies. As soon as you go off the boat you find the bigget Murano glass factory in front of you. Too much touristic for me, so we wanted instead to discover the island. We started walking through the tiny streets of this cute little island that seems like a small Venice.
Of course I didn't wanted to go home without a Murano glass souvenir. We ended up finding a small shop. The owner Andrea Giubelli, makes lamps, neckalces, earrings and bracelets in Murano glass. And today I am the proud owner of a pair of earrings in blue and white.
Check it out: ANDREA GIUBELLI, Calle Luna 12, Murano