Murano Glassware, Venice
It is not only the price which makes the difference in between a piece of art and what might be considered as the worthless or tawdry work.
In case you want to have a nice piece of work from Murano glass, take your time and stroll around before buying it.
There are great number of shops in Venice offering prestigious works of art from wide world famous glass from Murano.
Some of the shops, however, offers glass works which might be considered as a tawdry, and you can easilly recognized it.
This one, situated in the vicinity of Piazza San Marco, offers a real works of art.
What to buy:
Venice is famous for murano glass and just about any shop sells it. Most will ship larger items back to your home.
Millefiore makes a great gift for someone back home. They sell a lot of pendants and charms or little glass toys.
What to pay: Millefiore pendant prices range in price due to size and metal (silver v gold) A good price is under 5 euro. You can bargain with the shop keeper if you plan to buy many of them
You will see that you don't need to go to Murano to buy Venetian glass. I have been to Murano several times, and pieces are very expensive. Plus, the hawkers at San Marco make you believe that this is a real tourist trap, they are pushy! I'm not saying don't go to Murano, because the glass is absolutely unique (even if unaffordable!)
I got lost in the back neighborhoods of Venice instead, away from Piazza San Marco, and found some deals in little-known glass shops.
speak to you of they wall in and of the glassworks a whole day would serve but i will try to say what i must say briefly,the glass of they wall in he does not serve to no one howerver it is very beautiful and very difficult to work,to become teacher serve from 25 to the 30 years of hard work and the problem is that today everyone wants to become doctor,or lawyer,so the glassworkers does not produce the quantità request and buy the amount any more the glass which costs motion to taiwan less money this is the reason of the very expensive cost when the done original is bought to they wall in from the true teachers Muranesi.
The worst part is now that if someone sends you to they wall in (for istance the porter of the hotel where you are ) 20% takes on your pourchases if you spend a thousand dollars 200 i am for who has sent you in Murano.
Donot buy from inside Venice town .. near St Marks Square . Things are generally 2-3 times thier original price . Buy from outside near the ferry stations just outside the St marks square to thr left .
DONOT buy from the Murano sales outlet inside the factory . Go to the other side of the island or go to Burano and by the same things for half the price (although u may not get the same variety .. but i guess its more than enough )
What to buy: Glass gondola 's , small murano glass show pieces (which are cheaper at Burano) .
Coaster s and small painted china glass boxes
What to pay: glss gondola = 4.5 Euros
small moento glass 1.5 Euros
On the island of Murano they are warehouses and workshops - in Venice itself just the selling end predominates.
What to buy: What you are happy to have shipped - glass can be a heavy item of luggage no matter how light it seems at the time.
This shop is like a museum.
What to buy: Here you will find the famous Murano glass. There are extravagant pieces of delicate beauty. There are wine glasses and decanters, statues, vases and beautiful jewelry made of glass.
There is a glass blowing demonstration on the premises and it's worth the time to see how they make this incredible glass.
What to pay: From $10 on up. I bought a Murano glass medallion for only $10 and I love wearing it -- it reminds me of Venice.
What to buy:
Among many things, Venice is known for its blown glass. You can find shops all around the city where you can purchase blown glass in several different forms, from decorative art pieces, to chandeliers, to goblets, to jewelry - pretty much anything you can think of. Just remember to make sure you have a safe way to ship it home!
What to pay: It depends on what you want to buy - how big it is, how much work went into it, etc.
Alright, venice is known for many things, especially it's venetian glass. So if you go there you would be foolish not to take the fairly lengthy water bus to the island where this glass is made. The shops that line the canals are filled with so much glass art, you can't pull yourself away from it. You have everything in glass, rings, neckalaces, vases, cartoon characters, earings, statues etc etc.
Many of the jewllery will seem similar but keep looking, there are some shops that are very unique and have beautiful stuff.
I'm going back there this summer just to get more glass rings, which are so rare in north america.
What to buy: whatever your heart desires
What to pay: anything from 2E to over 100E, anything your budget can manage
Not so much one shop as a series of shops. Take your pick, they are all pretty much the same, plying the same glass-blowing trade that is famous the world over.
What to buy: Glass. You can buy just about any price range artwork here, from a small ornament as a present to a large piece for the hallways of the rich and famous. I bought a small glass rose and that was good enough for me. I did see a grand piece involving an orchestra on stage with all of the instruments and players, crowd, the works! Of course, the budget matched the piece, but it looked fantastic!
What to pay: There are no really expensive shops as they all compete really well. If you want a big piece though, you will pay for the luxury. My rose cost $10. The orchestral set piece: $1000 and up.
Murano is the place to go for glass and Burano is the place for lace. Both are famous and both are exquisite; literally among the world's finest. However, the prices are still quite high. I couldn't afford much, but you can always buy some glass beads to take home as a souvenir.
What to buy: You might also stroll through the Rialto market to find some spices or food items. Venice is also known for beautiful marbled paper and writing instruments. Or just buy some good Italian espresso to take home.
A shop to buy handmade Glass crafts, origine of the island Murano.But it is very exclusive and expensive. For some small pieces you have to pay up to 1000 euro
What to buy: Local Crafts
What to pay: Creditcard