Most of the tourists on a trip to Italy spend time around Saint Mark’s Square in Venice. Those who have time and can adjust their schedule a bit should plan a short tour of the glass factories in Murano, a nearby island where you can see glass making demonstration and may buy some famous glass products.
In 1291, as a precaution against fire, the doge of Venice ordered all Venetian glass makers to move their furnaces to Murano. This worked out well; it didn’t take much time to make the island the most coveted and high quality glass making place of the world. Contrary to the belief that they keep their trade a top secret, many of the glass factories here are now giving glass making demonstrations and visitors can also visit their shops.
Some Murano glass factories are generally not open for the public for 2 reasons:
• They believe in making glass seriously for their business purpose and not for entertaining tourists.
• Master glass artisans have spent many years in making most popular glass items, so they don’t want competitors taking note of their expertise.
Still you can find many glass factories that give demonstrations and welcome tourists. The Original Murano Glass factory is the best example of it. This is a place worth visiting with your family, friends and colleagues.
Tips for visiting
There are some important tips for visiting glass factories that will definitely help you a lot during your tour. They are:
• Don’t visit during the lunch hours, which start from 1pm to mid afternoon. Look for open glass factories mainly on the mornings of weekdays.
• In Venice, you will find some representatives of glass factories, who promise to take you to the best showrooms. If you are convinced, then be prepared for high pressure sales pitch. It is better to choose public transportation which is easy, quick and trouble- free.
• You may be able to visit an artist by appointment. If you are a serious collector or buyer of glass items. You can arrange through a dealer, gallery or decorators who have contacts in Murano.
• August is the month when most glass factories are closed though some tourist oriented factories may stay open. You can check with the Venice tourist office during your visit.
Be Careful While Buying Murano Glass
There are so many souvenir shops trying to sell you cheap Chinese counterfeits as Murano glass. Original Murano glass is protected with a trademark. Look for the Vetro Artistico Murano symbol on the object. You can find this trademark on the decals of the windows of showrooms that sell authentic Murano glass.
Savor every moment in Murano. Don’t rush from place to place. Avoid that temptation. By rushing things, you will miss many important things and those details that make Murano so unique. The island is not just living in its past glory but you can find modern vibe there as well. Don’t miss the chance of experiencing new things and new traditions.
Visit Murano glass factory by booking online at OriginalMuranoGlass.com and enjoy the best service. Their furnace is called “Ellegi Glass” where you can have the most memorable glass making demonstrations by renowned artists. Step into their physical showroom or web store to see and shop for an authentic blown glass chandelier, Venetian wall mirror, glass bead jewelry, vase, sculpture, and lots of other glass home decor items at competitive prices.