Murano Glassware, Venice
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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 €
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
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,
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.
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...
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.
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
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.
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
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.