Museo del Vetro

Museo del Vetro information

Location
Venice , Italy
Address
Fondamenta Giustinian 8
Telephone
+390 41 73 95 86
Getting there
Ferry: Museo
More information
www.museovetro.visitmuve.it
Prices
adult/reduced €8/5.50
Opening hours
10am-6pm Apr-Oct, to 5pm Nov-Mar
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Since 1861, Murano’s glass-making prowess has earned pride of place in Palazzo Giustinian (the seat of the Torcello bishopric from 1659 until its dissolution). Downstairs there are priceless 1500-year-old examples of iridescent Roman glass, but upstairs, Murano shows off in the frescoed Salone Maggiore (Grand Salon), with displays ranging from gold-flecked 17th-century winged aventurine goblets to a botanically convincing 1930s glass cactus.

An adjoining salon geeks out with the technical details of glass-making processes innovated on Murano, helpfully illustrated with examples of Murano specialities ranging from mosaic miniatures to murrine (flower-patterned beads), including blue-and-white Venetian trade beads.