Murano

Murano is a series of islands linked by bridges about 1.5 km north of Venice. Their size is about 1.5 square km in total and the population is around 5,000. Murano is famous for its glass making, particularly lampworking since 12th century and Venetian glass or Murano glass is a synonym to Murano island.

Glassmaking techniques that have developed in Venice are quite special. Murrine technique is layering of colored liquid glass, which is then stretched into long rods. When cold, these rods are then sliced in cross-section, which reveals the layered pattern. The better-known term ""millefiori"" is a style of murrine that is defined by each layer of molten color being molded into a star (that appears as a flower when cut), then cooled and layered again. When sliced, this type of murrine has the appearance of many flowers, thus mille- (thousand) fiori (flowers). Filigree (a type of caneworking), glass engraving, gold engraving, incalmo, lattimo, painted enamel, ribbed glass and submersion are just a few of the other techniques a glassmaker can employ. (source: Wikipedia).

The trip from Venice takes about 15-20 minutes by water bus (vaporetto).

   
Murano glass1
1 Venetian glass or Murano glass is a synonym to Murano island. Colourful glass rods are put together to form beautiful designs called 1000 flowers (millefiori) or some more modern pieces as lamps or chandeliers. glass makers have lived in Venice from about 12th century.
Murano water streets2
2 Main street in Murano is a water canal.
Glassmaking factory3
3 Foundries are in Murano from 12th century. Glassmaking factories do not face streets but canals as well. And they match the sun in the sunset.
Murano modern glass4
4 Glassmaking techniques that have developed in Venice are quite special. (source: wikipedia). Murrine technique is layering of colored liquid glass, which is then stretched into long rods. When cold, these rods are then sliced in cross-section, which reveals the layered pattern. The better-known term "millefiori" is a style of murrine that is defined by each layer of molten color being molded into a star (that appears as a flower when cut), then cooled and layered again. When sliced, this type of murrine has the appearance of many flowers, thus mille- (thousand) fiori (flowers). Filigree (a type of caneworking), glass engraving, gold engraving, incalmo, lattimo, painted enamel, ribbed glass and submersion are just a few of the other techniques a glassmaker can employ.