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The History Behind Italy’s Ancient City of Glass, “Murano”

For over a thousand years, the island of Murano—just outside Venice, Italy—has been known throughout the world for their exquisite glass manufacturing.

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After realizing how valuable their glass exports were, the Venetian elite made it illegal for glass makers to leave the islands, as a way of protecting their most guarded secrets.

Today, Murano is still home to a large number of world-renowned glass studios and remains a popular tourist destination for art lovers and history buffs alike.


Join us as we explore the legendary city and meet the people keeping this thousand-year tradition alive.Today Murano is known for its art glass, but it has a long history of innovations in glassmaking in addition to its artistic fame—and was Europe’s first major glassmaking center.