We begun our last day in Venice with a trip to the islands of Murano & Burano.
Our hotel, Hotel Santa Marina, offered a free taxi to bring hosts to Murano to visit a glass factory. Which was very nice: we went to Murano with an elegant private boat and visited the factory without a crowd of tourists.
The boat ride to go to Murano was lovely itself.
Don’t hesitate to ask the hotel staff about this service as they won’t offer it to you spontaneously (I read about it on tripadvisor).
Glass-blower is a very old craft, there are no schools for it and the savoir faire is transmitted from father to son. It takes almost 15 years to become a good glass-blower!
It’s so amazing to see how they work the glass…
They put the glass in an oven to heat it (ovens are working continuously and never switched off),
and then there are 2 techniques : if they’re creating an object with a cavity (e.g. a vase) they blow into the glass otherwise they work the glass to create the shape they want, and in this case they have a very short time before the glass cool down too much to be shaped.
Even though the glass cool down too much that it cannot be worked anymore, it remains very hot, proof is that if you put a piece of paper over it, it bursts into flames!
It was very interesting to watch the artisan at work.
After that, we had time to admire all the glass pieces exposed in the gallery (no photo were allowed) but there were some beautiful – and totally overpriced – pieces ! 😉
We therefor left the factory empty handed, and took a stroll among the little streets of Murano,
Walking around, I even found the perfect little boat for me : a pink one!
before taking the ferry to Burano. Burano is especially known for its lace, but also its colorful houses.. The place is so beautiful !
It’s like being in an enchanted, little village!
And we explored every inch of it!
And as you can see, there are also pink houses! *heart eyes emoji*
After this charming interval, we came back to Venice. But I’ll tell you more about our last afternoon in Venice tomorrow as this post is already over-packed with pics 😉
But I couldn’t resist, all those houses were just too cute, I couldn’t get enough!