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Glass, Venice

Venice
Italy
Concierge.com's insider take:

To avoid the risk of fire, all glass furnaces in Venice were banished to the lagoon island of Murano in 1291. There they remain to this day, as anyone disembarking from the vaporetto in Murano and being hassled by furnace tour guides will find. But beyond the hard sell and the Taiwan-made glass animals lies a world of serious glassmaking. The maestri at Mazzega will allow you to watch them blowing their fine designs (if you call ahead to arrange it), while Barovier & Toso has a private museum of antique glass attached to its workshop (visits by appointment only). The wares at Marina & Susanna Sent's shop, which include these sisters' exquisite glass jewelry, is a cut above most others on the island. At the foot of the Rialto Bridge, the Attombri brothers incorporate antique glass beads and stunning beads of their own design into gorgeous one-of-a-kind necklaces and bracelets.

MAZZEGA
Murano
147 Fondamenta da Mula
Tel: 39 041 736 888
www.mazzega.it

BAROVIER & TOSO
Murano
28 Fondamenta Vetrai
Tel: 39 041 739 049
www.barovier.com

MARINA & SUSANNA SENT
669 Dorsoduro
Campo San Vio
Tel: 39 041 520 8136

ATTOMBRI
74 San Polo
Sottoportico degli Orafi
Tel: 39 041 521 2524
www.attombri.com

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.