Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Italy Blog #18: Venice's Murano Island Famous Glassmaking

Ferro and Lazzarini Glassworks
In this 18th Italy trip blog, we're taking you on a tour of some of the larger islands of Venice. Today we take you to the Island of Murano. This island is famous for glass making and the world's top glassmakers have been working their craft on this island since the year 1291!

FERRO and LAZZARINI GLASSWORKS - This glass works factory sits in a former church. It is located at Fondamenta Navagero Andrea, 75, 30141 Murano, Venezia VE, Italy. Phone: +39 041 739299
The glassmaker in action

THE TOUR - We were greeted by a handsome salesman named Christian (black hair, brown eyes and glasses in a blue suit - Yes, we noticed) , who welcomed us and brought us into the factory. We sat and listened about the history of the factory, and he pointed out several employees who specialized in different types of glassmaking. He explained about the creation of glass as a dying art, using sand, sodium and potassium. He also explained what it took to make the different colors in glass. 

the glass horse he made while we watched!

We watched a glass maker create a vase and then a small glass horse. It was amazing to watch him create both and it takes a lot of skill. 

After the tour we walked through 6 large rooms filled with glass objects made at the factory. There were drinking glasses, statues, and even chandeliers that cost 20,000.00 Euro!  
There were a lot of beautiful things there, and it was a great display of the talent of those craftspeople. If you go, you'll likely want to buy something (they ship), but know that they are pricey to match the talent. 
NEXT: OFF TO TORCELLO... the oldest church, Pittisforo and midget saints?

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next