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 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.
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.
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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