Murano Glassware, Venice
Murano glass treasures are amazing! Also, over priced! Buyer beware! For example, I found a little, contorted glass bowl with an opalescent hue that I really wanted. One store had it for €45. I thought it was too expensive and proceeded to go back to another store that had a similar bowl I liked and found they wanted €78. Well, this was no bigger than a small candy dish or dip bowl so for that much money I passed on buying it. To my good fortune, a couple months later, I found the same bowl (from Murano) in a Crate & Barrel store here in the states. I bought it for US$18 or €11 and bought a gigantic bowl for US$36 or €23! I was estatic with my find!
But, I did purchase a beautiful beaded necklace with round Murano beads and polished stones for $78 which I know I would not be able to find back at home. So, use your judgment wisely in making purchases of Murano glass.
best prices on murano glass are in Murano Island. Go there for shopping.
Murano Island can be reached by boat; trip managers get tourists to groups and carry to Venetian glass workshops. We joined a group of Japanese guys. When we reached the island, everything became clear to me: everything you’ll see is for tourists. It is an art of how each showroom is decorated with Murano ornaments and jewelry. I was surprising, how it is possible create such a finest glass and thin glasses. For 50 euros we were allowed into the workshop to see how to make murano glass. It was an ancient workshop. In this workshop of Italy the continuity is very important. Grandfather, father, son, grandchildren, all the family run the business and transmit the secrets and skills to the followers. I was surprised by the speed of master’s working and blowing vases, another master was doing figures. I do not remember the name of the shop, but there were soooo chic chandeliers. I loved Venetian glass jewelry in the style of murrina. So, at the island there is a largest selection of murano glass jewelry, vases, figurines, and of course the prices are lower. Almost every workshop has its own shop where you can buy gifts and souvenirs to family and friends. I am sure you will not go from this place without buying. We bought avvetturino small figurines, and jewelry, bracelets of the finest Murano glass in marrine gioielli style, this jewelry is loved by the Italians. Traveling throughout the Italy, you can always see an murano glass jewelry on Italian ladies. It looks they love it.
What to buy: buy murano glass jewelry on Island, I suggest to buy venetian glasses, jewelry in avventurina style, gold plated murano glass, marrine gioielli murano glass, vases.
What to pay: 100-1000 USD
Venini stocks some of the finest designer Murano glass, including special collections produced in collaboration with the island's top designers. Not an average souvenir stall by any means - the quality is top notch, and prices are definitely less than we would have paid back in London for equivalent items. Think of it as a factory outlet store - only for designer glassware, not clothes.
You can also see the workshop itself to see how the items on sale are made
What to buy: Designer Murano glass. Most popular items are jewellery, paperweights, tealight- and candle-holders, perfume bottles, as well as lamps, artwork, etc. There are also fantastic limited edition items
If you are looking for a typical souvenir of Venice, the glassware products of Murano might be an option.
Murano is an island in the lagoon of Venice which is famous all over the world for artistic glassware products of any size from small glass sweets and drinking glasses to 18th century-style chandeliers. The products are on sale in many little shops in Murano, but can be also found in shops all over Venice.
This artist specializes in small animals, especially insects. The detail is awesome. You have to see it to believe it. Butterflies, beetles, birds, etc.
What to buy: Prices aren't cheap, but the craftmanship warrants the prices!
There are plenty of places to buy Murano glass in Venice, ranging all the way from regular fancy stores to the Venetian equivalent of a shopping mall. We only bought glass at the factory, so I cannot speak to any of the items available at the stores.
A useless beautiful piece of glass....It's transparent on the inside and is such a pretty thing to look at :))) Had to have it...It looks great among the stones in my aquarium and the fish seem to like it too.
In Morocco ,they have those Mauritanian beads that have the same pattern and are quite expensive but very beautiful. > Kiffa beads or better Millefiori Beads.jpg
What to buy:
House-ware; chandeliers, lamps, tapestries, mirrors, decanters,goblets, wine glasse and liquer glasses.
Accessories; figurines and Christmas ornaments
Jewelry; Murano Glass bead jewelry
Masks; traditional Venetian designs.
It wouldn't be Venice without the famous murano glass. Zanetti have been making beautiful and colorful vases, jars, glasses, candleholders and much more. What to shop exactly must be a difficult decision, since there is a wide choice of different objects.
All the items are produced in the Murano furnace of the Gallery, they are all signed by the artist and come with a certificate of authenticity.
What to buy: A fantastic Murano glass vase, I think this would make a great heirloom piece, one that could be passed down from generazione to generazione. It's almost prettier than the flowers it holds, perfect for long-stemmed roses.
What to pay: A glass vase is expensive, all items are completely hand made, price begins at US 200
Murano is only a short vaporetto ride away from St. Marks Square. Why not go directly to the source of hand blown glass. Many styles and designs for objec d'arts. There are many glass shops almost side by side. You can even watch professional artists busy at their craft of glass blowing. It is a study in concentration and skill of the hands.
What to buy: My favorite piece of blown glass is the Vase. Many colors to choose from and so many different designs. My wife adores the Murano glass necklaces and seems to purchase one every time we have been to Murano.
What to pay: Well, a hand blown glass marble can be as little as 1E or as much as 2000E up for a work of art glass necklace.
Situated in the Rio Dei Vetrai or Glassblowers' Canal, are numerous glass workshops where glass blowers can be seen at work.
What to buy: Murano Souvenirs can be purchased from here, yet Murano Souvenirs can also be found practically in any other souvenir shop around Venice.
What to pay: As with anything else in Venice, prices are above average.
You can watch the glass makers at work then walk around the shop and buy glass I still have mine, which are safe behind a glass case were it can be seen.
Well they are nice!
What to buy: GLASS glasses to sip your favorite nip or wine.
What to pay: ££-£££ €€€€€€ $$$$
There are some specialty shops and souvenir stores that sell Murano glass. Expect to be tempted by the brightly colored glass items.
What to buy: Murano glass is traditionally made by glass blowers from Murano Island. You can get all sorts of colorful ornaments & objects made with these Murano glass from small jewelry, vases, paperweights or home decorations.
Be aware of some fake "Murano" glass that are probably made in China or other parts of Europe.
What to pay: Murano glass can be pricey but there are some pieces that can fit any budget
Murano glass is everywhere in Venice, so just shop around for what you want at a decent price. They sell Murano glass items on Murano Island itself. If you are going to go to the island, make sure to do research before going. Price check shops on Venice's main island first. A woman I know paid 9 Euro for a necklace and earings jewelry set on Murano Island for things I saw for 5 Euro near the Rialto Bridge.
What to buy: If you are going to be travelling all over Italy, there will be other cities that sell Murano Glass. However, I suggest buying it from Venice. Murano glass is from Murano Island in Venice anyways, so access to the better stuff and cheaper stuff is better in Venice anyways. I found some Murano Glass jewelry in Florence for a little cheaper than I got it in Venice, however the quality was not as good. You can find several little shops all around Venice that sell the same things so it keeps their prices pretty competitive. I checked out a couple of stores, but ended up getting most of my stuff in the street market near the Rialto Bridge. They had great quality and a bigger variety than some of the shops. Shop around a price search, especially if you ar staying in Venice long enough to price shop. Murano glass jewelry makes a great gift and for the most part is pretty sturdy so you can pack it well and it won't break. Most stores (even the markets) have bubble wrap for you to use if you need it for packing.
What to pay: It depends on what you want.
When wandering around from San Marco to Canaregio, I found this shop with Murano glass ware and amazingly beautiful glass tulips. They chaught my attention first for the colour (and I like to take photos of interestingly arranged articles and goods in shops), but then I realised that the price for these tulips were not that high thus ok for a gift. I was looking for something appropriate as wedding gift for a colleague of mine. The tulips were 16 Euro each and came with a lab tube, filled with sand (just like in the main photo of this). They also had interesting lampshades (as in photo 4) and … haha, now how are these called – devices, you put on opened wine bottles to close them (my dictionnary didn’t came up with a word) – well, these corks = stoppers (thanks Sarah (toonsarah) for your word suggestion :-) - with the tulip theme again. These were 25 Euro, same as the ones in my last photo, which are from a shop next door. These corks are quite popular glass items on sale all over Venezia, and from what I saw later, I am pretty sure, most of them are indeed made in Murano. Prices of 15 – 25 Euro for one seem to be fair and appropriate.
What to buy: The shop is called Do Maghi, website available. In different menus, all of the artist’s glass ware is shown, and I just see that the tulips are also available in blue.
I also see that the Do Maghi has 3 sites with shop and showroom in Venezia, check menu “showroom”. The one I saw was on Calle Dolfin, just south of Campo SS Apostoli.
Later, I found a better gift for my colleague (the love knot as described above), so I didn’t go to this shop again, but from what I see on the website, Do Maghi's artist really makes nice things at reasonable prices. So next time.