Murano glass d'este
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Neighborhood: San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.
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2js4travel
Franklin Square, NY102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
Went to visit the glass factory at Murano and was met by a gentlemen named Bruno you was our escort for the time we were at the factory and museum . We saw how the pieces of glass begin and become works of art. At the end we went into the showroom and saw amazing pieces of blown glass some worth in six figures . We did end up with a couple beautiful things though not in six figures lol.So if in Venice take a day excursion to this island you may find something of beauty to take home.
Written September 8, 2019
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Adi552
Brisbane, Australia354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
We took the Vaporetto over to the island of Murano. It was an inexpensive and interesting trip and, as we did not take a tour, we were free to walk along the canal and window shop to our heart's content. There were artisans making various Venetian glass items and we were able to observe their impressive craftsmanship without being pressured or haggled by salesmen. The selection of chandeliers, jewellery, wine stoppers, ornaments, vases and figurines was vast and the styles varied. There are a number of small eateries along the canal that offer freshly ground coffee and snacks and one can sit and watch the beautiful reflections of the antiquated buildings on the water surface. As most of the tourists head straight for the factory, this area is relatively uncrowded. The highlight of our trip to Venice!
Written May 26, 2014
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Mary K
Bayville, NJ45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We had a private showing f glass blowing while in a Murano Glass Factory & store. Gorgeous pieces of art, also very pricey. They even had glass jewelry for sale. Very unique.
Written September 29, 2019
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hillcntrytraveler
Boerne, TX242 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
We booked the tour of the Lagoon Islands through Viator. It was supposedly a guided tour but we would have been better off just taking the water taxi over to Murano and exploring on our own. Our guide was interesting in that she was multi-lingual and slipped from English to German to French to Spanish without missing a beat. But in all that speaking, she didn't really tell us much that we hadn't already heard several times. We first went to Murano where we were all (at least 50 of us) shepherded into a small room at the Fournice Vetreria Ducale, where they would do the glass blowing demonstration. We had to stand on risers, shoulder to shoulder, and watch as two men did some glassblowing. We have seen glass blowers before but thought this would be superior, but it wasn't. The demonstration took about 5 minutes, then they moved us all into their showroom. We hadn't bought any glass items in Venice because we thought the selection and price here, at the source, would be superior. Wrong again. What we saw that we liked was overpriced. We shopped at a couple of other shops on Murano before we had to get back into the boat. Next we went to Torcello--why this place is even on anybody's itinerary is beyond me. There is an old Byzantine church here, for which you must pay 5euro to get in, but otherwise, pretty much nothing. The few shops that existed were closed. There were a couple of small cafes where most of our group got a beer or wine--the much needed bathrooms lacked TP,but luckily I had a roll in my purse which I dispensed to the ladies in line. Should have sold it. In any event, Torcello was, in our opinion, a big fat zero. Last stop was Burano, and by this time it was pouring rain. We slogged over to the lace shop for a "demonstration". A little old lady was bent over her lace making while a younger woman did the commentary. "Each lace maker specializes in one type of stitch." The end. Some commentary. Enlightening demonstration. We couldn't wait to get back to Venice and be done with this colossal waste of time. Don't waste yours.
Written June 9, 2014
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Serge G
Venice17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Family
Be careful with shops selling Murano glass. They promise to ship it to your destination but, most probably, it will never happened. We've bought 4,500 EUR worth of chandelier from ESPADA sas in November 2013 and still waiting. Typical italian scam for tourists.
Written March 28, 2014
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Edith S
London, UK111 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
We were offered a free tour of Mirano and naively accepted. It sounds great on paper and the private boat is the positive side, although the only thing you see is the jetty from the boat to the Vettreria Ducale!

As soon as you arrive, it is a 100% tourist trap. We spent 5 minutes watching a glass blower which is very interesting but before we had a chance to ask any questions, we were rushed along into the shop.
If what you a looking for is a bespoke Murano glass sculpture, and want to spend on average 5000 euros, it's the place for you.

Otherwise, you are overwatched and pressured into buying something. Plus the guide was borderline rude and insulting.
What is on offer is no different than what you find in most shops in Venice and unlike what you would expect, buying it straight from the factory is more expensive.
If I was to go the again, I would take the vaporetto and do a tour of the island in my own time and absolutely avoid the private tour. (Even if its free!)

Written December 31, 2013
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Mark Navy
Melbourne, Australia15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A short water taxi ride will take you to the lovely island of Murano Glass Venice. The staff are fantastic, the glass blowing exhibition is amazing & the sales office is enormous with very well priced gifts & souvenirs from a huge range of beautiful glassware from bottle corks to magnificent art work. It is well worth the enjoyable boat trip.
Written September 11, 2019
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Coolsis
Melbourne, Australia320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Family
Visited this place and after visiting few glass factories fell in love with all the amazing work.

I spent almost 5 hours looking through the shops and few of them date back to 1245.

Loved this place. An awesome place to buy the glass artwork.
Written September 9, 2019
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Namitha S
91 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
The glass factory visit was interesting. Do check around the place before you buy the articles as we found them to be much cheaper and at half the price in the other shops down the line .
Written May 4, 2018
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Sherry P
Alexandria, AL135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
we visited this factory and saw the beautiful glass and all the wonderful items that they make by hand that is passed down from generation to generation and what a awesome task they perform for visitors to see and appreciate this art form
Written November 22, 2016
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