Venetian glass on the island Murano

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Real Venetian Glass. I went to Murano to visit a glass making demonstration. Glassblowers at work! It was such a nice experience to see these craftsmen at work. 

But, I saw more... Blowing blobs of molten glass into fine vases. Molding colored rods into myriad animal shapes. Magic moments are guaranteed if you visit the skillful craftsmen!

Venetian glass art

The glassblowers of Murano are world famous. The art of glass is everywhere on the island. Along the quay, but also on the central square there are glass sculptures. 

If you want to see glassblowers at work, it's better to book a Museum Glass tour in advance. Especially when cruise ships made their visit to Venice it can be very busy. For example, choose an excursion to Murano and Burano. Incl. a glassblowing demonstration.

Some glass factories give a free demonstration, but they expect you to buy something in their store. And most factories have a shop where the most beautiful glass objects are.

During the summer months most glass factories are closed. The temperature is too hot to work.

While wandering in Murano you have to visit the glass museum ‘Museo del Vetro’. It is housed in a beautiful 17th century Palazzo ‘Giustinian’. On the first floor you will find the famous Murano glass collections and masterpieces of Venetian glass art. 

The museum is located around the corner from the ‘Museo Murano’ water bus stop. Line 4.1 or Line 4.2 from Venice ‘Fondamenta Nuove’. Whole year long it is open from 10am. Except, the public holidays January 1st, May 1st and December 25st. 

  • Entrance tickets cost € 12,00 (reductions for pensioners and students). 
  • Address: Fondamenta Giustinian 8, 30121 Murano
  • Web: www.visitmuve.it
Venetian glass factory

Origin of the Venetian glass

Venetian glass has its first history from the year 982 AD. But, it is unknown when the glass industry started on the island of Murano. The glass chandeliers and the glass mirrors are world famous. Especially, during the golden age of The 16th century it was demanding Europe and Asia. 

The historical story goes as follows: A glass workman named, Angelo succeeded during a mistake to make a clear and transparent glass bulb. Colors and a lot of new techniques were applicable to this new kind of glass. Murano Glass became to be well known all over the world.

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Venetian Glass Factory Murano

After its success the glass Industry in Murano kept declining. Another century, Baroque style and the Compatitevers around the world made it difficult to keep up with these changes. 

And nowadays, the glass industry is ruled elsewhere in the world (read; China). But, Murano kept their unique culture. The beautiful glass that uses the peculiar technique is alive and well. It is popular all over the world! 

Lovers of glass beads, such as the famous Pandora or the hearts of Murano are all over the place. I’m sure you will find very special glass beads…


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