Murano Glass

Trip Start Aug 30, 2009
Trip End Dec 25, 2009

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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Monday, October 5, 2009

Today we went to the island of Murano. It has traditionally been the island of glassmakers for centuries.  At one point in time, it was a very powerful island as the beads of the glassmakers and their wares were highly prized.  It was a family island too as only family members would be allowed to learn the secrets of the glass blowers and the secrets of making the glass.  This tradition has been handed down over the centuries and while most "secrets" of the different colors are not a secret anymore, as a good chemist can figure out the colors, each factory still has their colors that they use the most and can make easily. 

            We knew how to get there and went by water bus to the railroad station then hoped on water bus #42.  It was pulling up to the dock as we got off waterbus #2 so we ran to get on and didn't stop to check which direction it was going.  As such, we were going in the wrong direction.  In about 1 hour 15 minutes, we were at the dock where we could have gotten on had we walked from our apartment to the other side of the island.  Our boat was having engine problems so we had to transfer to another boat.  Another 15 minutes and we got off at Murano.

            An enterprising factory close to the water bus had a tout standing there directing people to their shop.  We entered but only stayed a few minutes.  As it was almost 2 p.m., we stopped at the first café we came to and ordered a pizza.  Then we set off up the canal side.  The whole island is one long row of glass shops along the canal side.  We chose to go in a few and look at earrings and necklaces and glass fish and other things.  Finally we made a couple of purchases. 

            Further along the canal was a large blue glass structure in a plaza.  Looked like a fallen star.  The canal we were following ran into a larger canal.  Around the corner and into a shop that also advertised a factory.  There we found some more items we liked and as we were paying, we asked to see the factory.  The salesman said they were closing soon because the glass blowers start at around 4 in the morning because it is still warm enough during the day that they like to finish early.  He took us back to the factory where they were finishing up the glass globes of a large chandelier.  Each chandelier is made to order, or 90% of them are.  He stood there and told us of the different methods making the colors and of blowing the glass.  We watched for awhile and then went into the main showroom where the incredible pieces live in hopes of being purchased, just glorious and wonderful colors and shapes and sizes.  It would have been wonderful to be able to purchase something up there but as we have no house we are living in at the moment, seems a bit odd to buy something else to put in the non existent house.  Plus, I am still going east, not west back towards the U.S.  I'm sure they would be happy to ship it for me but to where?

            We finally left and made our way back to the dock.  The first boat that came by was way overcrowded so we decided to wait for the next.  It was another 4 boats before one came for us.  All the Italians board the boat from the exit side so they got on the boat before anyone else had a chance and then the boat was way overcrowded again.  Oh well, we only had to go two stops.

            Murano glass is very well known all over the world.  I just love it.  Would so love to have more but it’s going to have to wait for the next trip.
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Zyger Imports on

Great travel entry about Murano! We get a lot of customers who have returned from the Island of Murano and decided that they did not purchase the items that they wanted or had lost or damaged their items in transit. Visit us at for authentic Murano glass!

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