Sunday, March 25, 2007

The Island of Murano

For centuries, the world-renowned island of Murano in Venice, Italy has been famous for producing colorful, elaborate, and skillfully made glass. Murano’s reputation in glassmaking was born in 1921, when the Venetian Republic ordered all glassmakers to move out of Venice for fear of fire and destruction to the city’s mostly wood buildings. Since then, these artisans have developed or refined many techniques, including the production of crystalline glass, enameled glass, glass with threads of gold, multicolored glass, milk glass, and imitation gemstones made of glass. Visitors to the island can witness the glassmakers still employing the century-old techniques to produce everything from contemporary glass art and jewelry to chandeliers, wine stoppers, and other house-wares. The island can be easily reached by public water-bus, where visitors can enjoy an afternoon visiting the Museo Vetrario (Glass Museum), shopping in the many boutiques along the canals, and watching glassblowers at work.

Sara Anrrich

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