The history of Murano and its fortune are the result of centuries of working, promoting and trading in glass. The Muranese from the 15th century until 1950 held the world monopoly of glass forging. There are many shops where you can buy glass products, and here we suggest a few. But do not limit yourself to these names, with our Venice map try to discover all the glassworks and shops of Murano.
Since 650 years the members of the Seguso family live in Murano and Archimede Seguso was the maximum exponent of the Murano modern glassmaking school. Today the glassworks is run by his son Gino Seguso. Historical chandeliers and candlesticks together with sculptures are the strong point of Archimede Seguso's portfolio. But Seguso's glass works can decorate every space in the home, from bathroom accessories to tableware. Another great name in Murano glass art is Barovier e Toso. The glassworks proposes the same sober style of the master Angelo Barovier and in Murano you can also find their palace. Another name of great prestige is Pauly & C. Compagnia Venezia Murano. Venini, with shops in Murano and San Marco, collaborates with many glass masters creating new products.
When you visit Murano we recommend you attend a presentation of how master glassmakers work with glass. You will see how the glassmakers from a ball of fire, will create a work of glass that if you are lucky you can buy.
If due to time constraints you are unable to visit Murano, don't worry. Even in Venice you can find shops that are branches of Murano glassworks. In Venice, however, you won't be able to see the workmanship of the products, but can only buy the finished products.
If you are interested in the art of glass we recommend the Glass Museum on the island of Murano.
Murano is a must-see, especially if you want to take home local souvenirs of great value and quality.