Murano : an island between pleasures and glass industry

The very first glass factories were established early VIIIth century in Torcello island. Then Torcello lost gradually its power until the government moved to Venice in 810 with most of the production and trading activities concentrated around Rivalto.

In 1291, while facing a strong economic development, the Maggior Consiglio of Venice decided to demolish all the glass factories established in the « Rivalto city ». This decree thus made it possible to limit the fires in a mostly wooden architectural urban area.

Glass factories were then located in the neighbouring Murano island until being strictly controlled by the Venitian government several centuries later. This was particularly the case during the golden age of the glass production in the XVIth century.

From then Murano which was basically the vegetable supplier of Venice, started its  conversion process. During centuries Murano would remain not only a very important glassware and vegetable production center but also a place of good times. Traditionally visited by the Venitian nobles, casinos, sophisticated buildings away from prying eyes hosting games of hazard and other misguidance located among vegetable gardens.

The cultivated land gradually disappeared and gave room to the glass industry. Nowadays it is still possible to find some trace of the Murano golden age as described by Casanova in his « My life story».

Murano is an historical island, full of secrets and legends, a continuous source of inspiration which I would like to share with you.