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"The word Murano nowadays suggests glass factories." Venice Local Custom Tip by Jerelis

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  Virgin Maria made of glass on a corner at Maduro.
by Jerelis

Sleepy Murano is the largest of islands in the lagoon. It lies about 1,5 km across from Venice and was inhabitated since Roman times. The word Murano nowadays suggests glass factories and glass blowing. In fact the development of this island in the Middle Ages is strictly connected with glass.

Finally we saw some glass-workers in action and that was quite fascinating! We saw the workers in several outlets along Fondamenta dei Vetra, but were told that there are also a couple on Viale Garibaldi, just look for the sign "Fornace" (furnace). Unfortunately we were not allowed to take any pictures. Do be aware that a lot of glass-work that is being sold is expensive Chineze made.

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  • Written Jun 24, 2005
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