Murano, Italy - Famous Murano Glass and More

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    Murano, Italy - Quiet Island Is Home to Glassblowers and Its Own Canals

    Canal in Murano, Italy
    Murano Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Murano is just a short vaporetto (water taxi) ride from Venice, but this quiet island is a world away from often touristy Venice. Murano has its own Grand Canal, along with fascinating shops and sidewalk cafes. Murano also has a marvelous glass museum and several glass factories where you can watch these artists work in their own environment.

    If Venice is too busy or overrun with tourists, buy a vaporetto line 41 or 42 ticket to Murano. It's worth the ride!

    Those looking for a real deal should buy a 24-hour vaporetto ticket, which allows you to ride everywhere--including Murano--on the one ticket.

    Although the island of Murano is just a short vaporetto boat ride from Venice, its tranquility seems many miles away. Murano is best-known for its glass factories. Ceramics and fine glass have been fired in Murano since the 13th century.

    If you love Murano, try to find the time to visit another of the Venetian islands--Burano.

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    Canal in Murano, Italy Near Venice

    Canal in Murano, Italy Near Venice
    Murano Picture (c) Linda Garrison

     The Murano canals look much like those in Venice, but are much quieter.

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    Glassblower at the Mazzega Glass Factory in Murano, Italy

    Glassblower at the Mazzega Glass Factory in Murano, Italy
    Murano Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Be sure to visit a glassblower's shop when exploring Murano. The glass they make is spectacular and the process is fascinating.

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    Making of a Chandelier at the Mazzega Glass Factory in Murano, Italy

    Making of a Chandelier at the Mazzega Glass Factory in Murano, Italy
    Murano Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    While strolling the walkways along the canals of Murano, we wandered into the Mazzega Glass Shop and asked if we could visit their factory. The Mazzega staff were very generous and gave us a private tour of the factory. We all enjoyed watching the glassblowers working on a chandelier. The Murano glass derives its spectacular colors from metals or metal oxides that are added to the molten glass. Ruby red glass is the most expensive because it contains gold. The brilliant blue comes from cobalt, and manganese is used for amethyst.

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    Mazzega Glass Shop in Murano, Italy

    Mazzega Glass Shop in Murano, Italy
    Murano Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Massega Glass Shop in Murano has many wonderful pieces on exhibit (and for sale). They will help you design a custom-made item.

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    Floating Fruit and Vegetable Stand in Murano, Italy

    Floating Fruit and Vegetable Stand in Murano, Italy
    Murano Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Everything is on the water in Venice and Murano, including the local fruit and vegetable stand.

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    Floating Garbage Scow in Murano, Italy

    Floating Garbage Scow in Murano, Italy
    Murano, Italy Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    In Murano, garbage is picked up via a floating barge (scow) rather tha a garbage truck!

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    Canal in Murano, Italy

    Canal in Murano, Italy
    Murano, Italy Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Much like Venice, the canals in Murano are lined with shops and restaurants.

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    Clock Tower and Piazza in Murano, Italy

    Clock Tower and Piazza in Murano, Italy
    Murano, Italy Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Murano has its own clock tower and grand piazza. It's not as large as St. Mark's, but has ts own charm. 

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    Quiet Canal Scene in Murano, Italy

    Quiet Canal Scene in Murano, Italy
    Murano, Italy Picture (c) Linda Garrison

     The colorful boats and colorful shops make exploring Murano even more fun.

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    1 Euro Glass Shop in Murano, Italy

    1 Euro Glass Shop in Murano, Italy
    Murano, Italy Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    I love street scenes such as this one! Who ever said you couldn't buy anything for just a Euro anymore?

    The 1 Euro Glass Shop had all sorts of souvenirs, and most of the glass was worth less than a Euro. Be sure to note the laundry.

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    Mailboat in Murano, Italy

    Mailboat in Murano, Italy
    Murano, Italy Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Is Murano glass being shipped overseas in all the boxes on this mailboat?