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After Burano and Torcello (BURANO and TORCELLO) the next stop to visit the Venetian lagoon took me to Murano. Compared to Burano and its colourful houses and Torcello where seems to go back in time, Murano seems exactly like a miniature Venice. Murano is not only a beautiful island to spend a day in but it is also very famous all over the world for the beautiful works of art made with glass. I highly recommend visiting Murano if you are visiting Venice’s surroundings because it is a beautiful island with some extraordinary things to do and visit.
Murano is the second-largest island in the lagoon of Venice after, of course, Venice. It consists of nine islands, with small canals and a larger one in the centre: the Grand Canal. It gives house to more than 4 thousand citizens and it is quite close to Venice. It depends on which ferry line you take but it takes around 35 minutes to get there.
Why is Murano famous for the glass?
We don’t know why Venice and Murano became famous for the processing of glass but it is said that the art of glass was copied from the East during the expeditions of the Serenissima and made unique in Murano. We know, however, with certainty that during the Republic of Venice the processing of glass was in Venice and was transferred to the island because the high temperatures that served to melt the glass often caused large fires (the glass melts at 1400 degrees).
The Murano glass is amazing, the colours are beautifully bright, it is elegant and the master glassmakers are artists. Each piece is made from scratch and, of course, all done with hands and without the help of machines. There are no schools to become master glassmakers and glass artists jealously guard their secrets; this art is then handed down to sons who will carry on the family tradition of master glassmakers.
A piece of Murano glass can be your perfect souvenir from this island. I know it is an expensive souvenir but there is a lot of work behind it everything is handmade and the result is wonderful.
Murano art glass: How to recognize the authentic Murano glass?
And remember to buy the originals pieces of Murano glass.
What to see in Murano?
What to eat in Murano?
I had a fantastic lunch at Fondamenta dei Vetrai in a typical fish restaurant. I love fish so whenever I am in a seaside location or in this case lagoon, I throw myself on good fresh and delicious fish.
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