Same as with the watercolour prints, I came across this shop already on my first evening in Venezia. My attention was drawn by the big glass vase in murrini (= millefiori) style (photo 3). This is not necessarily a style I would put into my appartment, but I was admiring the design. They also had a nice set of necklace and earrings with Murano pearls, very much unusual in style (thus something I liked). So I was passing this shop again and again on my walks through Venezia, and after having visited Murano and the museum, I roughly had an idea of what to buy (and what would be Chinese faked crap). I realised that this shop sold originals, and was also amazed about the prices, which seemed to be fair, despite its proximity to Piazza San Marco and on my last day I went to buy my souvenirs and gifts.
I bought pendants for the girls in the office and lab, and for me as well, and I also bought that set of necklace I saw on my first evening.
What to buy: As a colleague of mine had just married, so I bought him and his wife an object called “Murano Love Knot” (no photo, just the website, as I kept it wrapped for being sent to him). The ones, they have in the shop, are much better worked out, the knot being a real one. Available in several different colours, they are approximately 15 cm in height and come to 35 Euro (the one on the website is said to be filled with gold, what makes it more expensive).
The necklace (photo 1) is made of typical Murano pearls (yes, they come in squares), partly in venturina style (copper, which makes up the brownish glitter), and was 55 Euro together with matching earrings. The pendants (photo 2) were 3 – 7 Euro, depending on their size (the biggest in the photo is 3x3 cm).
I can highly recommend this shop, if you stay close to Piazza San Marco and are day tourist.
What to pay: The shop is run by two lovely ladies, English spoken, all credit cards accepted. It is also open on Sundays.
Directions: you cant miss it, it is only 20 metres away from Piazza San Marco on your right, if you walk north through the gate of Tore Orologico.
Murano glass dates back to the 1200's. At one time this famous glass was blown in Venice but in 1291, the Venetian Republic ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano because the glassworks represented a fire danger in Venice.
It is so beautiful . There are wonderful treasures to choose from but I settled for the circle multi coloured pendant!!
Venice is a true paradise for real shopping fans: you can find everything in Venice, from souvenir shops with Carnival masks and Murano glass items, to the most luxurious high fashion boutiques.
The glass objects made in the kilns on the island of Murano by master glass blowers are an old tradition that are made using techniques that have been handed down over the centuries. The many glassworks in Venice and Murano offer any type of objects, for all tastes and wallets; there are Venini lamps and ashtrays, vases and small colored animals. with regards to jewelry, one popular souvenir is la murrina: this is a slim round pendant in colored glass with spiral or flower patterns that is hung on a gold or silver chain around your neck.
What to buy: As well as the traditional jewelers’ shops in Venice there are also some shops that sell necklaces made with colored Venetian glass pearls, that can sometimes be bought loose too so that you can use them to make some personalized jewelry yourself.
While walking through the streets and lanes of Venice, you will also see a large number of mask shops. This is another popular craft item in Venice which are made in terracotta or in pottery.
If you want to take some food home as a souvenir, you can also buy some packages of typical Venetian sweets, such as the zaeti that can be bought in one of the many cake shops in Venice.
Those of you who like to do famous name shopping can instead go on a tour of the fashion streets, the most important being the famous Mercerie: this is Venice’s main shopping street that connects Piazza San Marco to Rialto and where you can find boutiques such as Max Mara, Sergio Rossi, Cartier, Krizia, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and many others too. Calle XXII Marzo is also well worth a visti: here you can find Bulgari, Bruno Magli, Versace, Damiani.
%Virtouse execution of glasses and refined table lamps are personal creation which meet the appreatiation of collectors and interior designers all over the world. This extraordinary products can be find in the gallery which is situated in Palazzo Bragadin. Don't miss it because ir worth of visiting and appreatiation.
What to buy:
Since ancient times man has paid an almost mystic- attention to glass, attributing something magical and supernatural to this transparent material.
The glass artisans of Murano produce huge quantities of tourist junk, but they also make inexpensive objects that are tasteful, attractive, and even fun.
Glass beads come in many colors, loose or prestrung in inexpensive necklaces. Realistic-looking hard candy (complete with mock paper wrappers) can be placed in a bowl, displayed on a windowsill, or used as Christmas-tree ornaments. Miniature fishbowls or aquariums cost a little more, but they make perfect gifts for the ichthyologist who has everything.
You'll find a huge assortment of glass objects in shops all over Venice.
What to pay: Vary by the shape, and the size.
Small "caramelas" to big statues.
Murano glass is a Venetian specialty and famous worldwide. It’s no wonder why, the glass creations from Murano are masterfully and beautifully designed. The glass comes in every form imaginable, from goblets and serving dishes to decorative artwork. You can even purchase very pretty pieces of jewlery made with the renowned, colorful glass.
Glassmakers in Venice date back for centuries. In the late 13th century, the artists decided to move production to the island of Murano, near the large island of Venice. Glassmakers can be seen in action on the main island, but only the artists themselves are allowed to enter the glass factories on Murano.
What to buy: Dishware and glasses, jewlery, figurines, bottle stoppers, mirrors and picture frames.
What to pay: Stay away from city center area for a cheaper price.
What to buy: You will find Murano glass everywere in Venice. Some say that is not all 'real' Murano glass but buying something that had the little "M" and the gold sticker that sade MADE IN VENICE was good enough for me.
There are many shops selling the mini figurines made from murano glass. From whole orchestras, cherubins, animals, gondolas, etc...
Prices varies greatly depending on the workmanship...
What to buy: You could consider buying the whole orchestra set.... it's super cute!
I only got a lousy gondola and some cherries.. but i'm satisfied :)
What to pay: 0.50 to 100+ euros
In venice you will find loads and loads of little shops selling Murano glass items.
be that jewellery, ornaments, watches, light fittings, clocks basically most things you can think of that can be made from glass.
The picture shows one such shop and my tip would be to shops around.
Liza bought this lovely glass bracelet for 12 Euros but saw the same item in other shops for 25 Euros and it was exactly the same.
What to buy: Murano glass items, leather as in all of italy,
Murano is world famous for its glass and you can find a piece to suit any budget. The stuff is sold everywhere from the actual glassmakers on the Island of Murano to street stalls all over Venice.
What to buy: This is very much up to you with smaller, more robust items more likely to make it home if you intend to carry the stuff with you. If you find that 'must buy' item that is also fragile then the larger places are able to ship their glass to anywhere in the world - at a cost.
What to pay: You can buy a small item from only $5 to several hundred.
Murano glass is almost at every corner of Venice. The real Murano glass comes with certificates, but they can cost you a nuclear bomb. Our tour guide took us to this Mint factory, sorry Murano glass factory (well, with the price tag on each Murano glass, who wouldn't call it mint factory?) It's quite an experience, seeing some sticky wad turned into a beautiful, ridiculously-priced Murano Glass!
Venetians have been using glasses for drinking while everyone else were still drinking from wooden0cups... I read this somewhere.
They are most famous for MURANO glasses that the glassmakers in 1291 were sent to the island of Murano as a precaution to fire as well as to hide the secret of making glasses...
anyway, the Murano glass are sold almost everywhere in Venice - plates, cups, glasses, stirrers, cork stoppers.
A set of dinner serving for 8 can cost as much as 600 Euro. They will ship it to you if you like for an additional fee or you can take it with you... (might break)....
some hotels have tours to the island of Murano for a more detailed shopping experience or just to see the glassmakers...
What to buy: glass works - from rings, necklaces, earrings, pendants, plates....
necklaces - 18euro
earrings - 30euro (like diamonds)
rings - 15euro
What to pay: cash - if 160euro, dont forget your VAT refund...
Its a shop that carries Murano art as can be seen from the photo. Murano glass is made on the nearby island of Murano and maybe moneywise it would pay out to take a boat trip to their factory. This photo was taken in the street LISTA DI SPAGNA where you can find one after another shop with Murano glass.
What to buy: decorative objects
What to buy:
Wisiting one of the kilns, you can see their show rooms and buy some hand made glass stuff
What to pay: Glass hand made stuff is normally very expensive. You can find something quite small at a reasonable price just to buy as souvenir, but if you would like to byu vases or glasses or bottles or sculptures you have to foresee not less than 200 €
My next stop in Venice will be without doubt
on one of the Islands like Murano or Burano.
Glass craft is a highlight
What to buy: I saw this Murano horse made out of glass in Venice itself. But exporting this tremendous piece of local art would certainly exceed the permitted weight on Ryanair flights.(Max.weight is 10kg)
And i forgot my creditcard ..... haha