The first of two parts on the bridges of Murano, Italy…

Traces of Places

Murano is actually an array of islands in the Venetian Lagoon of northern Italy. They lie about 1.5 km north of Venice and are inter-connected by centuries-old bridges. The entire region is world renowned for manufacturing high quality blown glass (see below), and in fact, next to tourism, glass manufacturing is the most important industry of the region. This reputation dates back centuries and is such that the professional glass blowers are considered the most prominent citizens of the city today.

Other notable industries that make this place so famous are jewelry, tableware and sculptures. Being so close, Murano is only a mere 15-20 minute ride from Venice by vaporetto  (public water bus — literally “little steamer”) or private water taxi, the only two options of getting there.

One of the most significant attractions of the place is the Museo del Vetro, or Glass Museum. Other attractions include the Modern and…

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