Murano: The Island Full of Glass

Murano, Island of glassA short vaporetto (water bus) ride away from Venice proper lies the grittier, industrial, bridge-linked islands that make up Murano, world-famous for its hand-blown glass.

Murano became the glassmaking capital when the Venetian Republic, fearing fire and destruction of the city’s mostly wooden buildings, ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano in 1291. Centuries later, the fascinating art form is still going strong. Visitors flock here every year to watch artisans practice their craft and peruse the shops filled with glass pieces, from chandeliers and table lamps to bowls and vases.

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Suzanne Conway

Suzanne Conway

Associate Editor at Perillo Traveler
Originally from a small town in New York, Suzanne relocated to Connecticut in her teens to a larger town, complete with cow fields (go figure). When not in the office, she can be found practicing yoga, traveling the globe, enjoying a concert, or trying to tell her Siamese cats apart.
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