Murano, Venice

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    Murano – centre of holy glass

    by Trekki Updated Jul 24, 2007

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    If you intend to buy fabulous Murano glassware, you should go directly to the island and look, instead of being taken in in a shop around the neuralgic and touristy spots in San Marco. These might sell you Chinese crap for Made in Murano. Now Venezia does a lot to demolish the dealers that dare to do this and destroy the reputation (see what I wrote in the tourist trap section). But to make sure to buy genuine work, it is better to buy directly from the manufacturers. The real work has a logo Vetro Artistico Murano (check the website given below) and is not cheap of course.

    In addition, I highly recommend to visit Murano’s glass museum Museo del Vetro, as here you can learn about the process of glass making and appreciate the work behind the finished products (and understand why they are not that cheap as the Chinese crap). Entrance fee is 5,50 € in case you don’t have the Venice Card Orange (in which it is included).

    But the very best is a tour through one of the glass factories. You simply go into a shop and ask for the factory. All of them are prepared to let you see the maestros at work. Don’t forget to leave a small donation for the guys in the box. I am not sure if their wages are really calculated based upon how much their work is finally sold for.

    There is no real need to follow the touts that want to sell you a trip to the island and a factory tour. Vaporettos leave every 15 minutes from Fondamenta Nuove; take the circle line 41/42, which also stops at La Zaccaria, in case you stay in sestiere San Marco.

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    Go shopping!

    by BorneoGrrl Written Jun 10, 2007

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    When in Italy, it's the opportunity to shop for some Italian products especially when they cost more back home. I would look for one or two special items and even get tax free when I leave Europe. For those who love luxury brands, you can find names like Gucci, Ferragamo & Prada close to Campo San Moise, in the San Marco district

    There are also many other items uniquely Venetian e.g Murano glass, masks or costumes which you can bring home with you

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    MURANO ISLAND – famous...

    by Giulia_ua Updated Sep 20, 2006

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    MURANO ISLAND – famous artworks made of glass. But besides this, you can find some beautiful places there. For example, I liked Chiesa Di Santa Maria e Ducato very much. Also the museum of artificial glass is situated here. It is open from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m., and closed on Wednesday.

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    Dreaming in Murano

    by nancyw Written Aug 26, 2006

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    Beautiful modern pieces

    We took advantage of the hotel's offer of a free water taxi ride to Murano. Sure, we knew we'd have to visit a glass factory, but what a fun way to travel! It was very hot (have you noticed the "heat" theme? Venice is hot in July) and when they took us into the factory to watch glass blowing, it was like being invited into the 7th circle of hell. We stayed about 2 minutes and left. Wandered through the shop, unaccompanied, and then back out onto the street - absolutely no sales pressure.

    The work in the photo was in my favorite gallery. They actually have 3 stores on the island, but unfortunately I couldn't afford anything in them. The pieces I wanted ran about 3,000 Euro.

    I didn't care for Murano nearly as much as I did Burano. Too many tourists.

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    Quick way to see the city

    by Lhenne1 Written Aug 11, 2006

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    St. Mark's Square and  Doge Palace seen from taxi

    Hop on the water taxi and just ride. You'll go through the grand canal and the lagoon and see a lot of the major sights from the water. You'll also get to see some of the local architecture, which is fascinating. Get a 24 hour ticket (12 euros) and hop on and off at will. You can also visit the other islands (Lido, Murano, Burano, etc).

    Great way to see alot, especially if you're tight on time.

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    Murano Island

    by ChristaV Written Jun 13, 2006

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    We took the waterbus to go to Murano Island and see the glass works as well as the island itself. Previously when we were here, we came with a tour group and never saw the island itself. It is less than a mile away from Venice, and it is spread over 5 islets. Known for its glass blowing industry which dates back to the 13th century, this is a nice place to visit.

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    Murano Glass Factory & Demonstration

    by Mikebb Updated May 6, 2006

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    Murano is one of the islands in the Venetian lagoon and where the Venetians many centuries ago established their industrial sites for glass production and built their summer houses. Venetian glass is world famous and we were lucky to go on a tour and see a master glassblower demonstrate his craft the traditional way, the only exception being the glass furnace is now gas powered. The demonstration took about 20 minutes and produced a delicate horse which was given to a 9 year old Canadian boy in our group.

    We were taken to the Showroom where we were given the opportunity to purchase items at reduced prices. Looking at the glass on display I thought the glass would be very expensive, much of it is with small chandliers costing from $30,000 upwards, but there are many nice items from $20 upwards. The Golden Coffee Set shown in the photo was on special for less than $400, it appears it is extremely hard to get gold into the glass, but Murano perfected a method many years ago.

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    Murano

    by jackbrat Written Apr 11, 2006

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    A quaint little island a short boat ride from Venice, Murano is home to the world-famous Venetian glass. If you want to escape the crowds of Venice for a few hours head to Murano. There are plenty of glass factories to check out and most will have a free glass-blowing demostration. Of course, they will encourage you to visit their showrooms after the demostration. The prices are reasonable in the on-site stores and are a better deal than in Venice. Most glass stores do offer shipping if you don't want to lug breakable glass around with you. There are also plenty of good restaurants and cafes on the island.

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    Murano Island

    by mvtouring Written Oct 2, 2005

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    We took the waterbus to go to Murano Island and see the glass works as well as the island itself. Previously when we were here, we came with a tour group and never saw the island itself. It is less than a mile away from Venice, and it is spread over 5 islets. Known for its glass blowing industry which dates back to the 13th century, this is a nice place to visit.

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    Murano

    by Bregman Written Sep 20, 2005
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    The island of Murano is the home of the famous Venetian glass industry. When you come here you are surrounded by dozens of glass shops and you can visit one of the many furnaces and see the process of turning a piece of melted glass into a beautiful glass ornament.

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    Quick walk around the town

    by olja1234 Updated Aug 8, 2005

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    Workshop

    One of the workshop, where famous products are making up

    Many years ago, these workshops were situated in Venice. Because of many fires, in the town, they moved all these manufactures onto Murano island.

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    Murano

    by eddilowe Updated Jul 12, 2005

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    murano glass prancing horse freshly made

    Visit one of the glass factories and watch a glass blowing demonstration it's fascinating. We watched a man make this prancing horse and it took him no more than a few minutes. It would have been great to be able to buy it on the day but the glass is such a temperature that the glass blower said it wouldn't be cool properly until the next day. He laid a piece of newspaper over it and it burst into flames instantly.

    Don't go on a trip to the glass factories organised for free by many hotels. You will be under immense pressure to buy something then and there and the glass is understandably expensive.

    You are far better off to go under your own steam and purchase something smaller/cheaper if you want to at any of the shops as there are loads on the Murano. I particularly like the little glass cats with the tiny glass goldfish inside their belly!

    Also, beware of buying glass on Venice Island itself. I'm told that although they might tell you it is Murano glass, chances are if it's very cheap it will have been made elsewhere.

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    Murano

    by TRimer Updated Jul 1, 2005

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    Take a trip to the island of Murano. The island has been the center of the Venetian glassmaking industry since 1291, when the furnaces and glass craftsmen were moved here from the city, prompted by the risk of fire to the buildings and the disagreeable effects of smoke.

    Be sure to visit a furnace to see the art of glass making in person. Also, check out the Museo Vetrario (glass musuem) and the Santa Maria e San Donato (church).

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    Murano

    by ophiro Written Jun 5, 2005

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    Main street of Murano

    Murano is a nice island near Venice and you can get to the island on one of the vaporettos.

    This island is known for the glassmaking and you can enter the workshops and see how they make the glass for yourself.

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    Murano

    by Sjalen Written Jun 2, 2005

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    I am sure Murano too is worth a stop but we never had time for more islands and as my family comes from the Swedish county known as the Kingdom of Glass, I have seen glass making plenty of times before even though it is not of the famous Murano type. Moreover, the prospect of a six-year-old amongst all that glass worried us so Murano has to wait.

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