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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 Murano Italy Millefiori Venetian art Glass Egg Height 5 Paperweight
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