Thursday, August 27, 2015


Today we visited Murano. An Island in the Venetian lagoon approx 4 nm from Venice.
Murano is famous for it's glass making.
Glass making used to be done on the island of Venice, but in the late 12th century the glass makers where ordered to move their industries to Murano, as the industry was considered to be a fire hazard for Venice as most of their houses were constructed of wood at the time.  They have perfected their method of producing extraordinary art over the years, and to this day are recognized world wide for their skill.
 They also developed or refined technologies such as crystalline glass, enameled glass (smalto), glass with threads of gold (aventurine), multicolored glass (millefiori), milk glass (lattimo), and imitation gemstones made of glass. Their virtual monopoly on quality glass lasted for centuries.

One of the main canals in Mulrano.

An elaborate glass center piece in one of the squares in Murano. 


 The "master's" at work.

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