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With vaporetto to MURANO

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   When visiting VENICE do not miss to spend an afternoon on the magical Island of MURANO!
   MURANO is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon, northern ITALY. It lies about 1.5 kilometres north of VENICE with a population of just over 5,000 (2004 figures). It is famous for its glass making.
   At first, the island prospered as a fishing port and through its production of salt.
   In 1291, all the glassmakers in VENICE were forced to move to MURANO due to the risk of fires. In the following century, exports began, and the island became famous, initially for glass beads and mirrors. The island later became known for chandeliers.
   MURANO’s glassmakers held a monopoly on high-quality glassmaking for centuries, developing or refining many technologies including optically clear glass.
   Today, the artisans of MURANO still employ these centuries-old techniques, crafting everything from contemporary art glass and glass jewelry to MURANO glass chandeliers and wine stoppers.
   Some of the companies that own historical glass factories in MURANO are among the most important brands of glass in the world.
   In the attached slideshow, you have pictures from my travel with vaporetto towards this island (i.s.).


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