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Murano Italy: The Glass Island in the tourist literature

The island of Murano Italy, or the 'glass island' as it is known in the tourist literature, is one of those places that we discover on our travels almost by accident, but which leave long and lasting impression and fire our imagination.

One of the five islands in the Venetian lagoon, Murano was originally settled by the Romans, and later, from the 6th century, by the people of Altinum and Oderzo running away from the Barbarians. Originally a fishing port and a center for salt production, this sleepy little island came on the map of the world in 1291, when the Venetian government ordered all glassmakers in Venice to move their fiery glass furnaces to Murano Italy.

The reason was the fear that the fire from the furnaces could endanger the town, mostly built by wood. The glass makers moved, and thrived. Their success and the popularity of their glass objects all over Europe was such that they were allowed to mint their own coins and have their own Grand Council, although ultimately governed from Venice. The daughters of Murano's renowned glassmaking families were allowed to marry Venetian nobility, artisans were also allowed to carry swords and enjoyed immunity from prosecution.

Concentration of so many glass making shops and masters allowed for many new techniques to be developed and the glass art to reach extremely high standards and artistic value, for which Murano Italy is famous today.

For a contemporary tourist, Murano can be reached easily from Venice Fondamenta Nuove station, by a motor boat (“vaporetto”) number 41 or 42. The voyage takes only about 10 minutes across the water of the breathtaking Venetian lagoon.

Murano Italy of today is still mostly about glass. The main canal that divides the town into two parts is lined by glass workshops and factories, where visitors can watch the glass makers perform their magic. Many of the factories have been on Murano for centuries.

The town architecture is not all about glass factories. Many beautiful palaces line Murano canals and host today such mundane offices as police station of city administrators. The picturesque little town lost most of its beautiful old churches during the French and Austrian occupations from 1797 to 1866. Only four remained and two are opened to visitors. Just before the Vivarini Bridge is the Church of San Pietro Martire, first built in 1437, reconstructed in 1509 after a fire, and decorated with paintings by Veronese, Bellini, Letterini, and Tintoretto. Basilica dei Santa Maria e Donato, built in the 8th century, is a beautiful example of austere byzantine architecture, hiding indoors the Vergine Orante, a splendid floor mosaic of Virgin Mary.

Of course, a must for all glass lovers is the visit to the Murano glass museum, Museo Vetraio, which houses some of the most beautiful examples of Murano glass art produced through centuries. There are examples of many different techniques for producing glass objects. Museum also offers classes and workshops. Museum of Modern Art hosts more contemporary pieces, which show the modern artists' interpretation of ancient techniques developed in Murano.

There is no better place to get a genuine piece of Murano glass than at its source. There are many shops along the main canal, and all glass studios and factories that offer visits and demonstrations also have shops which sell their products.

The visit to Murano Italy would not be complete without a few quiet moments spent in one of numerous cafes or restaurants that line the main canal, watching the world go by and the sun sets over the ancient Venetian lagoon.

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Vintage Barbin Scava Murano Purple Amesth blown Glass Italy Art Glass Vase
Vintage Barbin Scava Murano Purple Amesth blown Glass Italy Art Glass Vase
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SALVIATI BARBINI AVEM OPAESCENT CASED CRANBERRY SEATED SMALL MURANO CAT
SALVIATI BARBINI AVEM OPAESCENT CASED CRANBERRY SEATED SMALL MURANO CAT
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ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO PINK ALABASTRO VINTAGE MURANO GLASS SEATED DOG FIGURINE
ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO PINK ALABASTRO VINTAGE MURANO GLASS SEATED DOG FIGURINE
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VINTAGE VECCHIA MURANO ITALY PURPLE  GOLD PITCHER WITH SIX GLASSES SIGNED
VINTAGE VECCHIA MURANO ITALY PURPLE GOLD PITCHER WITH SIX GLASSES SIGNED
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DUCK FIGURINE vetro eseguito secondo la tecnica dei maestri murano made in italy
DUCK FIGURINE vetro eseguito secondo la tecnica dei maestri murano made in italy
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Murano glass Llama very unusual 20cm tall with distinctive colours
Murano glass Llama very unusual 20cm tall with distinctive colours
$27.77
Murano Kristall Etched Personal Sized Ice Bucket Linea Mary Italy TS8
Murano Kristall Etched Personal Sized Ice Bucket Linea Mary Italy TS8
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Antique MURANO ITALY MILLEFIORI ART GLASS VASE hat trinket box old Vtg colorful
$100.00
Murano Campanella Gold Flecked Glass Squash Scarl Italy W Label
Murano Campanella Gold Flecked Glass Squash Scarl Italy W Label
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Renato Anatra Large exotic glass sculpture Murano glass signed B
Renato Anatra Large exotic glass sculpture Murano glass signed B
$800.00
Murano glass vase
Murano glass vase
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Murano glass vase
Murano glass vase
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Vintage MURANO glass dish bowl ITALIAN ART GLASS
Vintage MURANO glass dish bowl ITALIAN ART GLASS
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Vintage Signed Fratelli Toso Murano Paperweight 4 Leaf Clovers 3 1 8 Italy
Vintage Signed Fratelli Toso Murano Paperweight 4 Leaf Clovers 3 1 8 Italy
$79.99
MURANO TORTOISE TURTLE GLASS ORNAMENT MADE IN ITALY VENEZIA
MURANO TORTOISE TURTLE GLASS ORNAMENT MADE IN ITALY VENEZIA
$34.71
Murano Vintage Art Glass Dish
Murano Vintage Art Glass Dish
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MID CENTURY MODERN MURANO GREEN GLASS VASE IN WOOD FRAME1950S ITALY VENINI ER
MID CENTURY MODERN MURANO GREEN GLASS VASE IN WOOD FRAME1950S ITALY VENINI ER
$45.00
Murano glass basket vase
Murano glass basket vase
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Authentic Blue and Gold Murano Venetian Glass Cufflinks Made In Murano Italy
Authentic Blue and Gold Murano Venetian Glass Cufflinks Made In Murano Italy
$5.99
Vintage spiral design red glass vase possibly Murano CLT224
Vintage spiral design red glass vase possibly Murano CLT224
$48.60
Murano Handblown Glass Vase in Gold Brown Cased rippled handles 9 gorgous
Murano Handblown Glass Vase in Gold Brown Cased rippled handles 9 gorgous
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Gorgeous Vintage Murano Yellow  Green Jack In The Pulpit Glass Vase 30cm Tall
Gorgeous Vintage Murano Yellow Green Jack In The Pulpit Glass Vase 30cm Tall
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1950s Murano Archimede Seguso Glass Shell Controlled Bubbles + 1 Other
1950s Murano Archimede Seguso Glass Shell Controlled Bubbles + 1 Other
$62.48
MURANO Art Glass Italy COCK or BIRD or ROOSTER Figurine Gold 12 1 4
MURANO Art Glass Italy COCK or BIRD or ROOSTER Figurine Gold 12 1 4
$199.95
VETRARTI Murano Glass Italy Cased Carved Glass Pendant Lampshade Amber Tan
VETRARTI Murano Glass Italy Cased Carved Glass Pendant Lampshade Amber Tan
$45.00
Vintage Art Glass Swan Bowl Murano Italian Style Vase Sea Green Blown glass
Vintage Art Glass Swan Bowl Murano Italian Style Vase Sea Green Blown glass
$9.99
Vintage Murano Italy Glass Dish Pear Shaped Controlled Bubbles Gold Clear Edge
Vintage Murano Italy Glass Dish Pear Shaped Controlled Bubbles Gold Clear Edge
$75.00
Murano Cornucopia Vessel HeavyHand Blown Clown Glass Multi Colored Ground Pontil
Murano Cornucopia Vessel HeavyHand Blown Clown Glass Multi Colored Ground Pontil
$49.95
Vintage Murano Green Heavy Glass Rolled Edge Dish
Vintage Murano Green Heavy Glass Rolled Edge Dish
$11.09
VINTAGE MURANO VENETIAN ART GLASS CLOWN MADE IN MURANO ITALY
VINTAGE MURANO VENETIAN ART GLASS CLOWN MADE IN MURANO ITALY
$25.00
MURANO GLASS BIRD ITALY
MURANO GLASS BIRD ITALY
$40.10
Vintage Glass Blown Dove Love Bird Blue Green Clear Paperweight Murano Italy
Vintage Glass Blown Dove Love Bird Blue Green Clear Paperweight Murano Italy
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Vintage Murano Glass Clown Ash Tray or Candy Dish Italy
Vintage Murano Glass Clown Ash Tray or Candy Dish Italy
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Vintage Hand Blown Murano Glass Rooster Chicken Italy
Vintage Hand Blown Murano Glass Rooster Chicken Italy
$35.00
Murano Venetian Italian hand made Italy art glass clown 8 tall
Murano Venetian Italian hand made Italy art glass clown 8 tall
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Italian PAULY Label Murano Italy CVM Sommerso Art Glass Bird Figurine
Italian PAULY Label Murano Italy CVM Sommerso Art Glass Bird Figurine
$65.00
ERCOLE BAROVIER Zebrati vase glass murano 50s midcentury italy
ERCOLE BAROVIER Zebrati vase glass murano 50s midcentury italy
$1,900.00
Murano Italy Venetian Glass Clown Figurine Handmade Original Sticker
Murano Italy Venetian Glass Clown Figurine Handmade Original Sticker
$49.00
Murano Italy Glass Fruit Clown Figurine Handmade Green Body Royal Blue Hat
Murano Italy Glass Fruit Clown Figurine Handmade Green Body Royal Blue Hat
$49.00
MCM Pr BAROVIER  TOSO Italy Murano Art Glass Sconces Feather Leaf Rugiadoso
MCM Pr BAROVIER TOSO Italy Murano Art Glass Sconces Feather Leaf Rugiadoso
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