Venice to Murano, Italy

This morning we are arriving in Venice! We are halfway through our cruise and many folks will be departing and new passengers picked up. Since we have been to Venice before, in the two days that we are here, we have decided to visit Murano and Burano, small islands off the mainland of Italy. Murano consists of several small islands that are connected by bridges over the Venice Lagoon to Venice. Although less than a mile away, it will take us an hour to get there by boat. First, let’s look at our ship making it’s way into Venice in the early morning hour!

Good Morning from Venice, Italy

We are being lead in by tugboat……..

Making Our Way to Venice, Italy

And the city is just waking up……….there is no better light than in Venice!

Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy

the dock……..

Venice, Italy

our view……

Venice, Italy

Artwork on the dock…….

Venice, Italy

Then onto a smaller boat that will take us to Murano………..

Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy

Here we are…..first stop the Murano Glass Factory….and furnaces……

Murano, Italy
Murano, Italy

How about this glass on the outside of the building?

Murano, Italy

This looks like glass, but is a real plant in the garden at the glass factory!

Murano, Italy

More artwork greeting us!

Murano, Italy

At first, Murano was a fishing village, but in 1291 all the Venetian glassblowers were moved to the island of Murano, to prevent fires in the wooden structures in Venice. In the next century, the glass, consisting of mostly beads and mirrors, was exported to Europe. Then their chandeliers became famous and the glassmakers were not allowed to leave Murano in fear of giving up their glass making techniques! Now prominent citizens in Murano, the glassblowers were allowed to wear swords, were immune from many prosecutions and their daughters were welcome to marry into wealthy Venetian families. The Murano glassmakers held a monopoly on high-quality glassmaking for centuries, developing or refining many technologies including optically clear glass, enameled glass, glass with threads of gold, multi-colored glass, milk glass and imitation gemstones, made of glass.  Today, these centuries-old techniques are still in use and many fine glass products are still made here. Let’s step into the furnace area, it is sweltering in here! We watched as this gentleman, who has many, many years experience demonstrated how to make a vase. It took him about about five minutes! You get the molten glass on the end of the stick and blow and blow and turn and turn……..

Murano, Italy

Then pinch and prod………

Murano, Italy

After the vase he whipped up a horse………….

Murano, Italy

Next, we stepped inside the glass showroom. It’s a good thing because the furnace area was unbelievably hot! We were captivated with the demonstration of the fine lead glass. See those beautiful red cups? He held one about a foot from that mirror and dropped it! The cup just rolled upright unscathed! You don’t even want to know what one of those cups cost, never mind that cup, saucer, creamer, sugar, coffee pot and tray assortment!

Murano, Italy

Moving into the showroom we saw………..

Murano, Italy

everything you would ever want in glass……..

Murano, Italy
Murano, Italy
Murano, Italy
Murano, Italy
Murano, Italy

You can have it shipped home……….but the fine glass was way out of my price range…    I did get some jewelry and ornaments though! Let’s move on, so back into the small boat.

Murano, Italy

It’s a beautiful day in Italy…….now to Burano, another island  just off Venice!

Murano, Italy

What will we find in Burano? See you there!

10 Comments Add yours

  1. I didn’t know about the glass factory in Venice. The glass mosaic of Madonna and Child is stunningly beautiful! Or, is it beautifully stunning? Either way, I love it.

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    1. While most of the exquisite glass pieces are way out of my price range……..thousands of dollars, I could afford the jewelry pieces and the ornaments, which I could use on my Christmas tree! Many people were packed in and buying in those rooms!

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  2. Venice is beautiful and not like I imgined ​from always seeing the gondolas. Never knew about the glass either, thank you and I look forward to Burano

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    1. Alice, if you would like to see all my posts of Venice start HERE! https://cadyluckleedy.com/tag/venice/ Venice is just sooooooo beautiful!

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      1. I will do that, thanks my daughter in Germany is about 4 hours from Venice so it’s a maybe on my next visit

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      2. You should try and go there!

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  3. dennyho says:

    Isn’t it all just dreamy? Thank you for sharing your trip, love reliving mine from a few years back while reading posts like yours. Hope you’re having a wonderful time and look forward to reading about your Burano purchases.

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  4. We loved Burano and Murano! I almost missed the boat back to the ship buying jewelry!

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  5. Oh, I will definitely have to come back here and read about all your travel adventures!

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    1. I am addicted to that too! And I’m not getting any younger!

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