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    The little glass pig I took home with...
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    Glass factories in Murano
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    Murano -- Beware Marco Polo Gallery

    by johnnyreno Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We were scammed. Marco Polo pulled a switch, sending us an inferior vase to the one we purchased--similar but obviously not the one (I took pictures.) So we payed $2500 for maybe a $500 factory second or copy. Response from them? Oh sure.
    Amex is trying to help but not too reassuring. Seems no return policy is sacred in Italy. I would never buy anything more than trinkets.

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    The Island of Glass

    by rubbersoul75 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    a quieter venetian atmosphere


    If you've got more than 1 day in Venice, a trip to one of the Lagoon Islands should be in your list. The most popular are Burano and Murano.
    Murano is the closest, and accessable by a 20 minute boat ride from San Marco and other departure points in Venice. (Transportation tip on my page tells you how to get there).

    The island offers a break from the often overbearing crowds of Venice. The island is famous for it glass works, with most shops, a museum, and many factories on the island dedicated to the art of glasswork.

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    Murano, the island of glass

    by Jefie Updated Oct 11, 2010

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    The first stop on our cruise was the island of Murano. Even though it covers less than one square mile, Murano is still one of the biggest islands in the lagoon - it's also one of the closest to Venice. In 1291, the Venitian doge ordered all glass factories to be moved to the more secluded island of Murano because of the fire risk they represented in Venice. From then on, the island's main industry became - and still is - glassmaking. For a while, Murano was Europe's biggest glass producer and even to this day, any time you step in a historic palazzo, you can be sure to see some Murano glass chandeliers. It took up to 30 years to develop the skills necessary to be recognized as a top glassmaker but when you did, you were sure to move around society's highest spheres - the only problem was that you were not allowed to leave the Republic and those who did escape could never return for fear of being caught and executed.

    Our boat stopped at Fornace Estevan Rossetto, one of the island's numerous glass factories, where we were invited to take a spot at the back of the workshop and watch three glassmakers work for a while. Glass is not something I'm really interested in (I find it a bit tacky to be honest) but watching these men create fabulous pieces was simply captivating! One of them took a few seconds (and I do mean a few seconds) to make a prancing horse for us, which is the symbol of the island. We were then invited to take a look around the factory's gallery, and I did appreciate the fact that we were not pressured into buying anything (which is a good thing because Murano glass is very expensive!). In fact, we were just about to leave when I spotted a tiny glass pig that was of course perfect for my international pig collection - it cost a whopping 13 Euros, but you have to admit that it's a pretty unique souvenir :o)

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    The Glass Island

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Feb 7, 2010

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    We took a tour to Burano and Murano from the ship. The only thing we did on Murano was visit the glass factory because we got there late.

    I thought the glass making was very interesting. I could get good pictures because I am tall and could see everything very well, although some of the pictures are a little blurred because it was dark in there.

    An old man made a glass vase (it turned out black, but we couldn't see that until the end - it was red while it was being made). He rolled it in little glass beads to add color to it and showed how he shaped the glass, and opened up the top of it.

    Afterward we had a chance to buy some glass products.

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    Murano Glass Blowers

    by painterdave Updated Sep 27, 2009

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    Travel to the island of Murano and you will have a chance to see the glassblowers give a demonstration of glassblowing. You won't see them make those masterpieces that they sell and make for special orders, but they will show you how they shape and color the glass.
    If you are there in the summer expect it to be hot inside, in the winter, it is nice and toasty in there and well worth the stop especially if you just got off the boat.
    One last comment, much of the glass items sold in Venice is made in China. So always ask the shop keeper about the item you are interested in.

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    Murano

    by MM212 Updated Sep 3, 2009

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    A mini Venice complete with its own Grand Canal, Murano is a separate archipelago of islands located about 10-15 minutes by boat north of Venice. Historically, it was a separate town, but in modern times it merged with the Venice commune. Although inhabited since ancient times, Murano did not emerge until 1291, when Venice forced all of its glass manufacturers to move there due to the high risk of fire. The town developed in a similar architectural plan as Venice, with canals, bridges, churches and palaces. Although the glass manufacturing industry has declined in recent times, it continues to be the island's main industry. Thus, the island is filled with shops selling the world-famous Murano glass in every shape and style. Murano makes a nice excursion from Venice for an afternoon or a day, not only to shop for glass and to visit the glass museum, but also to glance at some of its historic churches.

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    Shrine To Mother Mary

    by GuitarStan Updated Jun 24, 2008

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    Shrine To The Virgin Mary

    This is just one example of many shrines we saw to Mother Mary while on our visit to Italy. This one happens to be in Murano on a side street. Many have fresh flowers and/or votive candles placed upon them. Being raised Catholic I think it's pretty neat, my wife thought otherwise.

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    Great Source for Murano Glass Jewelry

    by TRimer Updated Nov 2, 2007

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    Bracelets

    Resist the urge to buy murano glass jewelry on the street. You will see cheap versions everywhere. For better quality (without paying more) visit the shop of Lili e Paolo Darin. They make their own beads. It is near the train station in Cannaregio (not on the island of Murano). The address is A. Geremia 317.

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    The Glass Museum in Murano

    by christine.j Updated May 19, 2007

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    Murano in rain

    When we went to Murano it was raining and storming very hard, so instead of walking around first, we went to Glass Museum directly. Not too many people were there, probably the bad weather had prevented many tourists from going to Murano that day.
    The museum has lots of glass items on display, arranged according to the centuries in which they had been made. We saw beautiful things, including a huge centerpiece in the shape of a garden. Wonderful as it was to look at, I felt pity with the poor servants who had to clean it and set it up on the table.
    Much detailed information was given on the process of glass making. This was very interesting, I had never known how many different kinds of glass there are.
    Before we went out in the rain again, we had a coffee( from a machine !), which was better than many coffees in restaurants in Germany. And for just 50 cent it was really cheap.

    The entrance fee to the museum was 2,50 Euro. It's worth going there even in sunshine.

    Update:
    Ingrid (VT member Trekki) told me, that the entrance fee is now 5,50. I don't know if we looked like senior citizens and got the reduced rate? Or we were thought to be the teachers of a school class who had been waiting before us?

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    Murano - Kitschiness at its best.

    by Jerelis Updated Mar 26, 2007

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    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 of all try to feel the beauty of the island itself as well. Murano is a self-enclosed world with the nice pastel buildings, canals and bridges of its larger neighbour. But at the same time wonderfully quiet and relaxing. Here we shopped for glassware, wondered the galleries and avoided the crowds in what is probably Venices' most exquisite island. So we enjoyed the sense that real life goes on here. Along the main canal were gelateria's, snack bars and backeries. Women came out of the church and men bought vegetables from a sellars boat moored on the canal.

    After all that glassware the ride to Burano was very refreshing. We were overtaken by buzzling speedboats whose water splashed aboard our vessel. How fabulous it must be to live in Venice and take the speedboat out for lunch!

    Address:
    The island of Murano.

    Directions:
    Murano can be reached from the Fondamenta Nuove taking the LN Line.

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    Murano - Glassmakers in action.

    by Jerelis Updated Mar 18, 2007

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    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 became such a well-guarded secret that it was considered treason for glass-workers to leave the island.

    Finally we saw some glass-workers in action and that was quite fascinating! We saw the workers in several outlets along Fondamenta dei Vetra, but were told that there are also a couple on Viale Garibaldi, just look for the sign "Fornace" (furnace). We witnessed someone creating glass from sand using fire and air. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take any pictures. We asked the question why Murano´s glassmakers were so special. They answered us that they were the only people in Europe who knew how to make a mirror at that time. But they also developed or refined technologies such as crystalline glass, enameled glass (smalto), glass with threads of gold (aventurine), multicoloured glass (millefiori), milk glass (lattimo) and imitation gemstones made of glass. Their virtual monopoly on quality glass lasted for centuries. After this nice conversation they allowed us to take two pictures. How about that?

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    The island of Murano.

    Directions:
    Murano can be reached from the Fondamenta Nuove taking the LN Line.

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    Murano - Basilica di Santi Maria e Donato.

    by Jerelis Updated Mar 18, 2007

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    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 our visit at the island's architectural highlight, the Veneto-Byzantine Basilica di Santi Maria e Donato, with a colonnaded apse facing the canal to welcome people arriving from the sea. This is quite a distinguished fact that the back part is facing the Canal Grande, while the main part is oriented to the Orient side. The church was in origin dedicated to the Madonna and in a second moment to San Donato. It´s a Hexogonal plant facade, and a typical revennate basilica. The line of blind arches on the groundfloor is repeated on the gallery above. Between these two levels runs a series of triangles decorated with flowers and animals.

    Maybe this ancient church is deceptively simple in outward appearance, but it is richly decorated inside. Inside you'll find a 12th century mosaic pavement presenting high quality ornament motive and symbolic animal figures and also the Madonna Orante image. We also learned that the foundation and its cellars go back to the 7th century and this makes it the oldest building of the entire lagoon.

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    The island of Murano.

    Directions:
    Murano can be reached from the Fondamenta Nuove taking the LN Line.

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    Murano - Largest island in the lagoon.

    by Jerelis Updated Mar 18, 2007

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    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 century and by the 10th century it had grown into a prosperous trading center with its own coins, police force and commercial aristocracy. Then, in 1291, the Venetian Republic ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano, because the glassworks represented a fire danger in Venice, whose buildings were mostly wooden at that time.

    For us visiting Murano was a bit of a disappointment. The area around the Ponte Vibarini was under construction and that definately didn't make it any prettier. Besides that we wanted to visit the Museo Vetrario which is devoted to the art and history of glasswork. But we were not able to see the exquisite pieces on display, because we learned that the museum was closed on Wednesday!

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    The island of Murano.

    Directions:
    Murano can be reached from the Fondamenta Nuove taking the LN Line.

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    Murano Architecture

    by fishandchips Updated Jan 14, 2007

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    Murano Buildings

    Murano has many wonderful buildings to wander around including this tower and church ensemble. As the Island is fairly small it doesn't take too long to walk around and get a good idea of the history of Murano. Not as colourful as Burano but very nice all the same.

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    Murano

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 23, 2006

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    Easily reached by ferry from the norhern terminus, Murano was the centre for glassware. It was once the biggest producer of glass in Europe. Murano glass was so highly regarded that glass artisans were afforded incredible privileges (but heaven help them if they wanted to leave...). It's still a major place to buy glassware, and most of the tourism is based around this. It's an interesting island, made up of many canals interconnected by bridges - plenty of history remains (Basilica dates from 12th century although there is some seriously bad 19th century rennovations) and is well worth time out - whether you're interested in glassware or not.

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