Jeff has visited Murano, Italy during Mediterranean Cruises. The island of Murano is a short vaporetto (water taxi) boat ride from Venice. This quiet island is a world away from the often touristy and frantic Venice. It’s worth the ride! Murano has its own Grand Canal, along with fascinating shops and sidewalk cafes. Murano is best-known for its glass factories. Ceramics and fine glass have been fired in Murano since the 13th century.
In 1291, the glassmakers in Venice were required to move to Murano. There was fear that Venice’s mostly wooden buildings would be destroyed by the extreme heat of the glassmaker’s furnaces. The island became famous, initially for glass beads and mirrors. Aventurine glass was invented on the island, and for a while Murano was the main producer of glass in Europe. The island later became known for chandeliers. Although decline set in during the eighteenth century, glassmaking is still the island’s main industry.
Today, the Murano glassblowing artisans still employ the centuries-old techniques, crafting everything from contemporary art glass, glass jewelry to Murano glass chandeliers. Some of the companies that own historical glass factories in Murano are among the most important brands of glass in the world. The Murano glass derives its spectacular colors from metals and metal oxides that are added to the molten glass. Ruby red glass is the most expensive because it contains gold. The brilliant blue comes from cobalt, and manganese is used to create the regal amethyst color. “Meet Me in Murano” is Jeff’s vision of the magnificent colors of Murano glass.
After Murano, find the time to visit Jeff’s favorite Venetian island, the colorful island of Burano.