Murano Glass Factory – not something I particularly wanted to do as I felt it would be equivalent to those tapestry sales pitches in Turkey. I feared I would buy too much. My daughter’s friend had gone and enjoyed it. It was included in a tour, so off we went. We were soon captivated by the many years of experience in front of us. The audience was shown the sand which makes the glass.
They explained the history of Murano’s glassmaking tradition. We were watching the floor where the glass is made and it was amazing.
Then, the moment I feared, we were escorted to the showroom. Beautiful chandeliers were hanging above us, each one a work of art. Figurines and vases, everywhere we turned. The first showroom was full of creations we simply could not afford. I was disappointed. I asked the man if there was some glass in my daughter’s price range (figuring he would know that a young woman is on a budget) and he directed us to the second show room. Much to our surprise, they were as accommodating in this showroom as if we were buying a chandelier. We were able to purchase Murano for our Pandora bracelet and a Murano necklace. We also found tiny Murano glass animal families that we gave to family as gifts. They wrap EVERYTHING in brown paper (I love that service isn’t dead, it goes on in the stores in Europe). I would suggest you bring a pen and watch them wrap your items, then mark on the paper who the Murano is for or at least what is in each of the packages. In our case we had to reopen some of them to see whether they were mine or my daughters.
One last picture….
Kids – will LOVE the glass making demonstration. I would keep them out of the showroom though. Check to see if there is an age limit. There were children there when we were there.