A visit to Murano is a must when in Venice. The island can be reached by vaporetto (Venice’s efficient public waterbusses) in less than 30 min- utes from the cruise passenger terminal. You’ll find restaurants and shops, including two of my favorite vetreria artisticas (glass art producers are open to visitation by reservation only). It is absolutely fascinating to watch the glass masters at work, heating the unformed glass in kilns, then roll- ing and blowing the glass into shape.
Just a few steps from the vaporetto station, at Fondamenta Seren- ella 18, you’ll find Archimede Seguso srl. Step inside and be astound- ed at the glass artwork. The shop and factory are a living testament to the genius of Archimede Seguso, a master glass artist born in 1909, who continued working until his death in 1999. For more information: http://www.aseguso.com/ +39 041 739234
A 15-minute walk along the Murano canals brings you to Elite Mu- rano Vetreria Artistica srl, situated at 15 Calle del Cimitero. Since 1986, the factory has produced elegant hand-blown glasswork, specializing in carafes, glasses and stemware, crafted with care. One popular pattern, dating back to the 17th century, was inspired by fishermen’s net.
For more information: http://www.elitemurano.it +39 041 736 168