Murano Glassware, Venice
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
%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.
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.
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!
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.