Showing off Murano glassmaking on Venice’s Grand Canal

Sep 16, 2020 68

BY: Gildas le Roux

Standing at a glowing furnace on a boat at the foot of the Rialto Bridge on Venice’s Grand Canal, Matteo Tagliapietra blows glass in a mesmerizing demonstration of centuries-old Murano glassmaking.

The world-famous brand might take pride of place in the souvenir shops that pepper the alleyways in the Italian lagoon city, but 70 percent of the glass objects sold are actually fake and not produced in Venice, said Luciano Gambaro, head of an association that promotes Murano glassware.

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