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Review of Fornace Mian

Fornace Mian
Ranked #17 of 25 things to do in Murano
Type: Other
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

We heard of Murano glass before visiting Venice. The hotel arranged a free water taxi to take us to the studio where the glass was made. A short demo was given and then we were taken to the showroom. Most items were very artistic, but not in a style fitting into a modern home. Prices were way over the top. After being taken to the "outlet" part, we purchased a piece we later found in another shop for less than half price. Our advice: make your own trip to Murano and visit Burano for a truely good time.

4  Thank rolf58
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

As we crossed St. Mark's Square to get the Service 4.1 vaporetto to Murano, an official tour guide apporached and offered free passes for a water taxi ride to one of the main glass factories. No catches - it really was a freeby! Instead of a 45 minute vaporetto ride and a walk through the town, we were delivered to the main entrance of the factory in 15 minutes.

Tiered seating obviously copes with large visiting groups. The demo was interesting but take some of the commentary with a pinch of salt. I have seen a number of glass demonstrations and some of their claims about life-long family specialisations in the industry didn't quite stack up in my mind. Still, if that's what they want us to hear . . .

The English speaking guide was charming and made the point quite clearly that we were under no obligation to purchase after watching the glass blowing demo and browsing the showrooms. We had already decided to make a purchase and did so. Almost every shop in the small town centre sells glassware. If you are on a budget, its worth checking out the prices from shop to shop, some are even cheaper than the discounted prices at the factory for very similar looking items.

There are plenty of eating places along the canals that divide the town but most are snack-bar standard rather than fine dining restaurants. The best restaurant is in a courtyard behind the church but check the prices!

Don't forget to visit the nearby island of Burano to see the lace work. Vaporettos run every thirty minutes or so from the landing stage near the lighthouse (Faro).

7  Thank Steve M
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Reviewed 16 July 2013 via mobile

Our group stopped here to watch a great craftsman mould some interesting items, the best being a nice little horse. You can take pictures or film of him doing so. Of course no cameras's once you continue into the showroom. Obviously also, a spiel and special prices for some of their items for purchase. Nice to view all the items displayed and you don't have to buy anything, no pressure.

5  Thank 1TraveltheWorld
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

we went on a trip to the glass blowing factory which was so clever to watch and also try to guess what the artist was going to make,wife thought was a fish but turned out a horse,all in a blink of an eye.So many choice pieces of glass to purchase as we did so hard not too.You could spend a small fortune so you need to control the purchase to excess.

2  Thank masterchef242
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Reviewed 31 July 2012

We visited this place during our Venice trip and we had a great day at Murano. We visited numerous glass factories and show rooms and while all were impressive we ended up making a purchase here. We had decided ahead of time that we were going to purchase something from Murano for our home back in the US. So we went to the island with the intent of checking out all of the glass factories and buying something to ship home. After much walking and looking and talking we found a vase we really liked at this place. We were shown the upstairs room (where they keep the good stuff !!) at every factory but always felt like we were being pressured to buy something. At this place Ivano showed us around then left us alone and when we expressed an interest in something he would describe to us exactly how the peice was made. A touch we really liked. When we decided which pieces (it was down to 2 vases) we liked Ivano left us alone to discuss and look at the 2 in detail. Once we decided which one we were willing to buy Ivano worked up a price which we felt was quite reasonable compared to all of the pieces we had looked at during the day (and the ones we had researched on the internet).

The final step is the shipping and our package was shipped as promised, on time and packaged very well. It was also the exact piece we picked out at the factory.

The vase is now prominently displayed in our home and a constant reminder of the wonderful trip we had to Italy.

11  Thank MikeMackow
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