Continuing Venice via Murano

I am having to remind myself where we were in Venice, it’s been so long since I’ve posted. We’ve seen St. Mark’s Square, and toured bridges and canals. It seems an easy next move would be the glass-working island of Murano. This was easily the event I most anticipated!

Venetian glass-blowing was all moved to Murano at the end of the 1200s for fear of fire, and since has become world-famous. We took a water taxi over to the island, and began in its museum.

On our way to Murano early in the morning.

On our way to Murano early in the morning.

Murano was charming and trekkable all by itself, with its own basilica…

lovely "little" church

lovely “little” church

and clocktower.

watchtower/clocktower

click to view the statuary more closely

As nice as these are, though, it was, of course, the glass art that sets Murano apart. Not only is it full of glass factories and shops, but many plazas and other public spaces surprise you with public glass art! VERY cool!

Mesmerizing!

Mesmerizing!

Part of a long line, or maybe, garden? of glass bloom-ish things.

Part of a long line, or maybe, garden? of glass bloom-ish things.

Fire!

Fire!

A glass chandelier for sale.

A glass chandelier for sale.

And obviously the artisans were not limited to only glassblowing or even glass…

Mosaic of glassblowers.

Mosaic of glassblowers.

Upon reflection, I regret not signing up for the instructional tour of the school of glassblowing at the museum, seeing as how it was one of only two tours a week in English. It sounded much better than the ones we encountered at factories elsewhere. Live and learn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 responses to “Continuing Venice via Murano

  1. If you have a chance, visit the island of Burano! It’s the “lace” island and offers a completely different experience than Venice and Murano! It’s lovely.

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