A Quiet Little Island

Murano waterway Courtyard Murano waterway Balcony

We took the free private taxi over which is offered to tourists in exchange for a demo of glassblowing and a visit to an authentic Murano Glass shop. The Island wants visitors to be aware of the issues of a vast amount of glass imported from Asia that is sold in Venice and marketed as "Murano", and to counteract that, the tourist board is promoting awareness by providing free private boats to private businesses to Murano. We know our limits in how to use public transport because of the prior day's fiasco, so we allowed ourselves to be a guest of the Murano Tourist Board.

Murano Museum of Glass - Museo Vetrario

This was a really nice museum, but no photography allowed inside. The courtyard outside was very pretty as well. Inside, they had a couple floors with interesting displays, and a few items that I had to go back to look at more than once. It was worth the low cost of admission.

courtyard Screened window

Chiesa Di San Pietro Martire

Statue of an angel by a stained glass window

This little church was a nice stop. The art was very beautiful and the location was such that we just happened upon it. We have included a few of our own photos, but have also included a 360º movie from 360 Cities to provide a better idea on the church and the locations of the art.

Murano Venezia Chiesa Di San Pietro Martire 3 in Venice

Glass Blowing

The horse head is formed from the glass The final part of the tail is formed

The private motor boat dropped us off at a glassblower's back room where a guy demoed making a vase and a horse. I liked the demo because he made a horse and I like horses. I wanted to buy the horse, but that was just for the demo so I took a photo instead. The demo was interesting and the gallery of glass was extensive and impressive. Make sure you have room on your credit card if you like glass.

The horse is cooled The final horse

Happy that we had a better education on the island's glass, we would be able to ask better questions and look for what seems to be authentic and what is not. One guy who sold beads by the dock answered "Sure" and a look to the side when I asked questions on the glass being authentic. o doubt his was a place to skip over. Places where you see the person making glass seemed to be a better bet. We were able to buy items that came with cards noting the glass maker and stating the glass was made in the appropriate way to be considered true Murano Glass. One man showed us how he made his glass beads when I asked. That was also reassuring.

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