When in Venice, its a must to go on a glass tour in Murano. An island , Murano can be reached by waterbuses from Venice . Get off at the last stop and you can reach the glass museum and the church of St Mary and Donatus . Initially while we were searching for our home stay, we crossed several bridges , until we came to the last stop. Besides the museum, we stopped by at the factory and here are some of the pictures on how glass is moulded in Murano . You can do a lot of shopping here ; each shop window looks extremely colourful with glass figurines and hand painted masks hanging around ..Here is a virtual tour of the glass museum in Murano



So have you been to Murano? My favourite is a collection of glass menagerie that I bought from there. It was very hot inside the museum and one must be very careful while watching the men blow glass into shapes. I was very fascinated by the process although it is very difficult to bring glass items home. If you have been on any glass tours in Murano Venice, do let us know your experience.


  1. Pijush 11 October, 2007 at 17:19 Reply

    Wonderful shots.. The colors of the glasses are fabulous and you have nicely captured the formation process. Special mention to the landscape of the island, it’s magnificent.

  2. backpakker 12 October, 2007 at 17:52 Reply

    Pijush – thank you ..arent the colours amazing..could not contain the temptation , so bought it at the last moment while boarding the water bus

    Juhi- welcome to backpakker ..love to see another traveller’s blog.will be reading yours in a while

    Smita- I didnt dare try my hand at it ..its frightfully hot out there ..we shot the pics from a small window . yes, I picked up these glasses that I saw at a shop window ..couldnt resist them

  3. GMG 13 October, 2007 at 02:13 Reply

    First, Venice!
    It’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and your pictures show why. Rialto, San Marco, the Ponte dei Sospiri, the Gran Canale are wonderful places; and the sunsets, as well as the night shots, are absolutely stunning. Did you eat an ice-cream at the Quadri while listenning to the music?
    Just three short notes on getting to Murano:
    “room will not be ready before 1 pm” yes, if you keep the room until 12:00 noon, it hardly possible to get it ready before 1:00 p.m. for the next customer.
    “language is an issue…”, ok; but have you ever seen anyone in England (or in India) speaking Italian?
    41/51? It’s surely confusing, but you got there; that’s a typical Italian solution. In some other places, you wouldn’t make it ever… 😉

    Now, Murano.
    Murano is an amazing place and much quieter, in particular at night when the shoppers are gone. The century old glass factories are quite interesting, and the glass products a surprise. But I’m not a big fan; I actually prefer the Portuguese Atlantis crystal ware… ;))

    I’m still in Germany at Blogtrotter – Vallendar, Rheinland!
    Have a great weekend!

  4. backpakker 13 October, 2007 at 11:57 Reply

    Hi Gill

    Thanks for the comment. Italy has been a childhood fascination for me and it was a dream come true..my post on Rome will be more on that ..

    As far as language is concerned , I was always under the perception that English is universal and will be spoken in all European countries ..India is a different kettle of fish in this regard – there are so many languages and dialects like stars in the sky and one would debate if there is a national language at all ..as for room availability, we did not know that check in time was 1 pm- we were used to 10-11 am – no information was available online as well, as it was a home stay ..and yes, thank god we went back..we were lucky !

  5. indicaspecies 13 October, 2007 at 16:08 Reply

    Lovely pictures of Murano. The glass making fiery furnaces of Murano are indeed legendary.

    PS: One of your pictures (DSC00493-1) is repeated. Where was it shot – Venice or Murano?

  6. backpakker 16 October, 2007 at 14:25 Reply

    Indicaspecies – Oops ! It is Murano, guess I didnt realize …its amazing to see the way glass is formed ..dangerous working with fire though

    kalyan – Thank you so much and a happy durga puja ..

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