Exploring Murano, Travel Photo Mondays #36

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Exploring Murano, Travel Photo Mondays

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Exploring Murano, Travel Photo Mondays #36

Main canal at Murano


Murano: exploring the creative glass works and the island

I do love glass art so taking a visit to Murano Island was definitely on the agenda during my visit to Venice. It is amazing that the glass making community in Murano has survived for many centuries and is still on the cutting edge of beautiful glass artistry.

The trip over by water ferry to Murano from Venice is enjoyable and seeing different vistas of Venice from the water along with some of the islands we passed is a wonderful way to see the entire archipelago.  We even cruised by the cemetery of San Michelle which looked very regal and yet strangely eerie with its elaborate church and above water tombs built since the early 1800’s.


Welcome to Travel Photo Mondays  It’s Monday morning, time to enjoy some gorgeous travel photography and inspiration from around the world. Let’s banish those Monday blues by sharing gorgeous imagery and story telling. You can also check us out on Twitter for Travel Photo Mondays at #tpMondays for more updates and submissions for the day.

The cemetery at San Michelle island




Exploring Murano, Travel Photo Mondays #36

The water ferries





Exploring Murano island

Traveling by vaporetti


When you land at Murano, it’s easy to walk around the island, visiting the main art galleries or taking a detour to any of the glass making factories. You’ll get a free tour and demonstration of how art glass is created with the artisans working at different stations – the glass making craft being passed down from generation to generation. (Of course they would also appreciate you visiting their gift shop afterwards which is not mandatory, but a nice gesture)


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Working glass bits


Glass artisans give a demonstration showing the glass bits of color being added to the large molten glass piece and different techniques of dripping, blowing and adding colorful details to their work in progress.


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Glass demonstration





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Glass detail work at a foundry


Afterwards, walking along the main venue which is actually a canal lined with colorful shops and cafes on both sides of the canals is a pleasant pass time. The glass galleries along the canal are fun to explore or just window shop. But, once you step into one of these shops be prepared to be wowed by all the colors and selections and eager sales people to hang on your coat tails. It’s going to be difficult to walk out without taking home a wonderful glass souvenir – and why not – it’s worth it along with supporting the glass industry in Murano (Be advise thought that  the really cheap glass items for sale are usually made in China. So always ask if it’s made in Murano)


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Fresh vegetables sold on the canal





Exploring Murano island

Delicious looking fruits and vegetables






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Vaporetti passing in the canal






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Main canal details


There are many smaller side streets, plazas and churches to explore outside of the galleries and shopping areas. It’s fun to wander and discover the quiet areas outside of the tourist zone and stroll around the neighborhood areas that are home to many Venetians that live and work on Murano and Venice.



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Venetian styled window detail





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Huge glass sculptures in the piazzas





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fountain details


Here’s a fun video I did with my friend Kyna in one of the quiet corners of Murano below


Leaving by water ferry to other island destinations including Burano and the more remote but also historic Torcello island is also a wonderful experience, getting away from the maddening crowds of Venice. Do give yourself extra time to see these colorful and historic islands, they are worth seeing on their own so do put them on your buck list of things to explore in Venice.


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39 Responses to Exploring Murano, Travel Photo Mondays #36

  1. Feline - Murano Glass Lover September 15, 2015 at 2:13 am #

    Hi Noel, you pictures are amazing! going through your pictures made me remembering the time I had in Murano with my love one, few years ago.
    Thanks for your beautiful photo report!

  2. Conall @ Italian Murano Glass February 24, 2015 at 2:02 am #

    Hi Noel! Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures of Murano main canal, life around it, glassmaking process and of course, the short and sweet video of you along with your friend jumping, turning and twisting. That’s a hidden talent of yours apart from your stunning photography. Thanks again!

  3. Taylor March 27, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    I loved watching the glass blowing demonstration when I visited Venice. I’d never seen it before and the guy that showed our group made a standing horse in ten minutes! I was skeptical about Venice at first when I saw how many tourists there were but a few minutes after “getting lost” in the alleys, it was beautiful and I loved it.

  4. Cacinda Maloney March 24, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    Lovely photos Noel! Didn’t you just love Venice and Murano? I have so much respect for those glass artists! What an amazing job!

  5. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) March 21, 2014 at 11:50 pm #

    Beautiful photos – I especially like the venetian window detail and fruit and vrg shot 🙂

  6. travelnwrite March 20, 2014 at 4:39 am #

    We were in Murano two years ago and this post brought back wonderful memories.I really like the intermixing of color and black and white photos – both capture that magical little place so well.

  7. Kathryn March 19, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    Oh your video did make me chuckle!! I bet you had fun making it. Was it a REALLY quite corner or did you get a few bemused on lookers?

    • Noel March 19, 2014 at 10:22 am #

      Haha, no not really quiet but who care’s when you are on vacation 🙂 love to do spontaneous things

  8. Viv March 19, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    Fantastic photos of Murano!

  9. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} March 18, 2014 at 6:22 am #

    That was a fun video and a good way to show off your camera’s burst mode. You certainly have a lot of energy. I would love to visit a glass factory one day and try my own hand at blowing glass. I bet I don’t have the lung capacity to do it. Are the boats with the produce frequented by locals or is it more for the tourists’ benefit. Murano looks like such a beautiful island. I hope to visit it some day.

    • Noel March 18, 2014 at 7:27 am #

      Yes burst mode is appropriate for the video especially when you just want to work on action shots, thanks for checking out the video

  10. Jackie De Burca March 18, 2014 at 2:14 am #

    Great photos, as always Noel, lots of fab scenes, colours and contrasts. Love the video, you should do more of them 🙂

  11. Catherine March 17, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    Gorgeous images of Venice and its beautiful architecture and colors! Makes me relive my visit there over 10 years ago…. time to definitely go back.

  12. Dave Cole March 17, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    Those artisans are incredibly talented – it’s great that they are continuing their traditional work. Looks like a perfect day trip!

  13. Keryn from Walking On Travels March 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    I well remember the beauty of Murano, although it looks like you had a much better day than we did. We popped over when we were in Venice for three days (I’d already been so we just wandered a bit), and it rained the entire time. What a mess. But on the bright side, we met our very good friends from London at a restaurant while on that trip and have been friends ever since! Thanks for hosting!

  14. Carol aka Traveller March 17, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    we visited Venice and the islands years ago, before I had a digital camera. I would love to go back again some day. Your photos are really inspiring.

  15. Life Images by Jill March 17, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

    I love markets, and these glass markets and floating markets look fascinating. I enjoyed your short video.

  16. Bianca @itsallbee March 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Beautiful pictures. Makes me want to get on a plane to Venice!

  17. Patti March 17, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    Glass blowing is a fascinating art, I can’t imagine the skill and patience that must be required in order to master the craft. Another reason to visit Italy on my ever-growing list of “Why I want to visit Italy.”

  18. Lauren March 17, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    Murano is on my list of places to visit when we go to Italy next year! This post got me really excited to travel there. Great photography!

  19. Kay Dougherty March 17, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    I loved these pictures! The last time I was in Venice I was with my sister. We wanted to go to one of the island but ruled out Murano because I knew I’d buy a lot of glassware. So we went to Burano where I bought a bunch of lace stuff that was gorgeous and I never wear!

  20. Molly S March 17, 2014 at 5:46 am #

    Amazing photos! I’d love to visit Venice – so much to see and do, and some incredible creativity that’s survived over the centuries. This looks like it was a great experience!

  21. Paul (@luxury__travel) March 17, 2014 at 5:10 am #

    Interesting video, Noel! 🙂 Was that just done with your camera set to take a series of multiple shots per second?

    Like the creative use of the boat to sell free fruit and veg… allows a lot to be displayed without talking up the walkway, and presumably makes transporting the goods easier…

  22. Rajlakshmi March 17, 2014 at 3:13 am #

    I loved how they are selling vegetables on water… Another exquisite travelogue 🙂

  23. Betsy @ BPhotoArt.com March 17, 2014 at 2:53 am #

    Always loved the canals…wanted to visit 🙂

  24. muzachan March 16, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    Beautiful photos 🙂

  25. Linda ~ Journey Jottings March 16, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    Venice really is a photographers dream!
    I [particularly like the veggie stall on the canal – You don’t see that on the main island –
    And I too loved the leaping interlude 😉

  26. Suzanne Fluhr March 16, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    Yay! Now I have an excuse to go back to Venice. We didn’t visit Murano. Clearly a mistake.

  27. Agness March 16, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    The shot of Main canal at Murano is definitely my favourite one!

  28. Marisol@TravelingSolemates March 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    Hi Noel, I visited Murano in the late 90’s. This certainly refreshed my memories. Your photos are absolutely stunning and took me back there. I so love the video of you and Kyna You’re so cool and a lot of fun!

  29. jesh StG March 16, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    Your pics exude life there. I LOVE glass blowing – and the result of course:)
    Sorry forgot to include: my post is about Balboa Park, San Diego. Lots to see there.

  30. Dawn @ We Call It Junkin March 16, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Hi Noel! It’s wonderful to get to travel through your photography. Watching glass work is always amazing to me. Take care – Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

  31. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse March 16, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    That was fascinating. And on the plus side, I discovered you’re quite the dancer!

    • Noel March 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

      Thanks, more like a crazy guy jumping up and down, hilarious! Thanks for checking out the video.

  32. Briona March 16, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    More lovely photos (and ones that mean that I STILL can’t publish my Venice and Murano pics because they’re nowhere near as good!). Oh, love the video too! 🙂


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