These were a few days that outshined my expectations. It was so worth it to take the water taxi to both Murano and Burano. I highly recommend that. The islands are worlds unto themselves rich in history and so beautiful to visit. Of course, there is already so much to see in Venice, so it is good to have a goal and make your way. Be prepared to get a little lost, that seems to also be the fun of visiting Venice.
On Murano we were able to see a demonstration of glass blowing that has been perfected through generations of artists and families. I don’t want to misquote the information we were given, but I understood the factories were moved to the island because the high temperatures required for glass was causing fires in Venice and the factories were established on Murano. They import sand from another part of Italy and have developed a recipe that makes Murano glass some of the most renowned in the world. It was so special to watch them create these masterpieces and then shocking to see them destroyed.
Nearby we were able to make our own fused glass pendants from Murrina Millefiori glass which was special. The photo above shows it as it is starting to cool after being fused in very high heat. In the same place, I found a Murano glass bird to take with me on my travels who may appear in some of my photos.
The beauty of these few days astounded me. It is not something I get to see every day. So much so that it is difficult to choose any one photo as a sample.