When people think of Venice, they often associate it with the colorful glass trinkets – pens, bracelets, pendants, vases – that are for sale in all the tourist shops. On my first trip to Venice many years ago, I bought a purple vase with painted flowers for my mother as a souvenir and I carried it all over Italy and France in my gym bag! She still has it prominently displayed in her living room among her very nice jade and ivory collectibles – a little more worth given to it than it should merely because it was a gift from her daughter.
Most people who have never traveled to Venice would probably think the glass was made in Venice, but it’s actually blown on a small island a quick boat ride away…on the island of Murano. The best way to get there is from the Fondamente Nove vaporetto stop on the north side of Venice. It’s a shorter boat ride than going from St. Mark’s Square and you get to walk through Cannaregio with its lovely waterways, houses, and restaurants.
On Murano, there are plenty of glass shops to wander in and out of with offerings from inexpensive souvenirs to grand chandeliers and sculptures. It’s pretty quick to walk around the entire island before heading to Burano and the buildings and waterways are just as lovely as those in Venice.
The real reason for the day trip (unbeknownst to Andrew) was so I could get a real Murano glass chandelier. Ever since I saw this glass leaf chandelier on Style Me Pretty, I’ve been wanting one for our home. And luckily, we found this one at Simone Cenedese and had it shipped back to California. It’s now hanging in our kitchen and I love my souvenir from Italy!