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Venice Outliers

Murano has been known for its Glass Making industry since the 13th Century Copyright 2013  Andy Richards

Murano has been known for its Glass Making industry since the 13th Century
Copyright 2013 Andy Richards

The administrative region in Italy known as Venice is popularly thought to be that compact area where over 100 small islands, interconnected by canals, lies. However, there is part of Venice on the mainland of Italy, as well as a number of other islands. Two of are particular note. Murano is world – famous for it glassmaking.

Murano, like the main “island” of Venice, is actually a (much smaller) series of islands interconnected with canals and bridges. At one time Murano was its own administrative municipal division, but is now part of Venice. Originally a fishing village settled by the Romans, in the 13th century, all of the glass makers in Venice were forced to move to Murano, due to the risk of fires from their foundries. In the ensuing years, Murano became Europe’s primary exporter of glass – particularly glass beads, mirrors and later the famous lighting and chandeliers is may be now best known for. Murano glass (and “fakes” if you are not vigilant) is found in many of the shops on the island of Venice today. The glassmakers are talented and produce many tourist items such as figurines, bowls, plates, vases, and jewelry.  Murano also houses the very small, but fascinating glass museum.

The Talented Artists in Murano's Glass Factories seem to be able to make nearly any figure or shape Copyright 2013  Andy Richards

The Talented Artists in Murano’s Glass Factories seem to be able to make nearly any figure or shape
Copyright 2013 Andy Richards

The Venice vapporetto system has several stops on the island of Murano, which is only about 1 1/2 kilometers North of Venice, in the Venetian Lagoon. We traveled over there 2 times, on our multi-day vapporetto passes. Like all of Venice, its ubiquitous canals and boats, as well as the unique architechture, is familiar to a visitor who has already spent some time in Venice.

But for its colorfully painted buildings, Burano would be just another back street or canal of Venice Copyright 2013  Andy Richards

But for its colorfully painted buildings, Burano would be just another back street or canal of Venice
Copyright 2013 Andy Richards

Burano, probably settled near the same time, again, probably by the Romans, became famous, early on for it cloth, and particularly, lace and lace-making. Further away from Venice, and much small that Murano (Wikipedia describes Burano as an archipelago of only 4 islands, again separated by canals and connect by bridges. Like Venice and Murano, there is no vehicular traffic on Burano. We visited one afternoon (it has its own vapporetto stop), and walked along the quieter streets and wandered into some of the shops to see the lace, even making a small, “touristic” purchase for a friend here at home.

Burano is known by artists for its colorfully painted structures Copyright 2013  Andy Richards

Burano is known by artists for its colorfully painted structures
Copyright 2013 Andy Richards

For the photographer, what Burano is better known for, is its colorfully painted buildings lining the streets and canals. Aside from this color, it would be hard to differentiate Burano from many of the small side streets in Venice. But the color is splendid and makes it very photogenic. I am also told it is popular with painters.

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4 Responses

  1. I guess you’ve taken me off your email list. Oh well.

    • Ray: Not sure I understand this. I didn’t purposely take anybody off my email list. I do not profess to be the most knowledgeable when it comes to this kind of stuff. :-)

      • Ever since I uploaded Mavericks and OS 7.4 everything has been messed up. I can’t even log on to WordPress on my iPhone. BTW, RCCL had to go to HK. The rest of us stayed in NOLA. She brought me a present. Sony, Sony, Sony… Zeiss.

  2. Ha! Not all of us have the wherewithall to send a special emmissary to Hong Kong to personally purchase our new cameras :-). I just got the “still backordered” e-mail from B&H.

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