Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Glassy & Colorful: Murano, Italy

Growing up, everyone in my close extended family had glass gondolas in their homes, even my Irish paternal grandparents. Only through reviewing information from a video in Italian class did I realize these decorations were Murano glass!

Murano glass is a skilled craft using a "lamping" technique.
Glassmakers are highly regarded in Venetian society.

Although Murano glass is a luxury, it is also tourist trend found in many major cities. You can purchase small trinkets made from the glass from street vendors and gift shops. I was able to purchase some Murano glass bracelets in Venice and Verona for 4-5 euro.

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The highest quality Murano glass is still found in Venice. In piazza San Marco, you are able to walk through negozi that sell glass animal statues, chandeliers, plates, clocks and fine jewelry. 
My suggestion: walk through, but don't touch! These pieces do run thousands of euro. 

If you aren't able to hop on a plane right now, but want a piece of la bella vita, the following vendors sell Murano glass items: 

Italian Glass Connection
John Lewis
Kathy Kuo Home

Rue La La occasionally has jewelry deals that include Murano glass as well!

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