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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos, a mesmerizing visual experience that unveils the hidden treasures of Murano: – Murano, a series of islands linked by bridges, is nestled in the Venetian Lagoon of northern Italy. Located about 1.5 km north of Venice, it spans roughly the same distance across¹. With a population of just over 5,000, this island is world-renowned for its exquisite glassware, attracting millions of tourists every year. nce an independent commune, Murano is now a frazione of Venice. Its history is rich and varied, with initial settlements by the Romans and later by people from Altinum and Oderzo. It prospered as a fishing port and through its production of salt. However, it’s the island’s glass-making industry that truly put it on the map. n 1291, all glassmakers in Venice were required to move to Murano. This led to the island becoming the main producer of glass in Europe for a time. Even today, glassmaking remains the island’s principal industry. Visitors can witness century-old techniques still in use at the numerous glass factories. urano is not just about glass, though. It houses one of the oldest churches in the lagoon, the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Donato. Other attractions include the Church of San Pietro Martire, the Palazzo da Mula, and the Murano Glass Museum. The museum houses over 4,000 objects, including a spectacular chandelier that weighs 330 kilos. In essence, Murano is a captivating blend of history, artistry, and natural beauty. Its glassware is a testament to human creativity and skill, while its serene canals and bridges offer a tranquil escape from the bustling city life of Venice.

Piazzale Calle Colonna is located on the island of Murano, which is part. Murano is known as the ‘Glass Island’ due to its long history of glassmaking. This is one of the stops on the island where the water taxis from Venice and that other Islands call in. (Photo 1) – Fondamenta dei Vetrai is a street in Murano which runs from Piazzale Calle Colonna to Fondamenta da Mula. (Photos 2-3-4-5) – Calle Bressagioi is a street in Murano which runs from Fondamenta Manin Daniele to Fondamenta Piave. (Photos 6-7-8) – Fondamenta Manin is a street in Murano which runs from Ponte s.chiara to Campo Santo Stefano. (Photos 9-12-13-14-15) – The Chiesa di San Pietro Martire is a church on the island of Murano, near Venice, Italy. It was built in the 14th century and rebuilt in the 16th century after a fire. It has a Renaissance style and a brick façade with a rose window. The church contains paintings by famous artists such as Bellini, Veronese, and Tintoretto. It also has a cloister with a portico and a well. The entrance to the church is free, but the cloister costs 3 euros. (Photo 16) – Fondamenta da Mula is a street in Murano which runs from Ramo da Mula to Fondamenta dei Vetrai. (Photos 17-18) – Ponte Longo Lino Toffolo is a bridge on the island of Murano, Venice, Italy. It is named after Lino Toffolo, a famous Italian actor and singer who was born in Murano. The bridge connects the Fondamenta dei Vetrai, where many glass factories and shops are located, to the Riva Longa, the main street of the island. The bridge offers a nice view of the canal and the colourful buildings of Murano. It is also close to the Conterie, a former glass bead factory that is now a hotel. Murano is well known for its glass production since the 13th century, when the glassmakers were moved from Venice to prevent fires. (Photos 19-20) – Riva Longa is the main street of Murano, an island in the Venetian lagoon famous for its glass production. Riva Longa runs along the Grand Canal of Murano and is lined with shops, restaurants, bars, and hotels. Some of the attractions near Riva Longa include the Glass Museum, the Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, and the Hyatt Centric Murano Venice hotel. Riva Longa is also close to the water taxi stop “Museo”, which connects Murano to Venice and other islands. Riva Longa is a lively and colourful place to enjoy the local culture and craftsmanship of Murano. (Photo 21) – Fondamenta S. Lorenzo is a street in Murano which runs from Fondamenta Marco Giustinian to Ramo S. Salvador. (Photos 22-23-24)

Murano Cuisine: – Murano is famous for its glass production and its cuisine. Some of the special dishes of Murano are: – Fritole: deep-fried dough balls with raisins, pine nuts, and sugar. They are a typical dessert of the Carnival season. – Risotto al nero di seppia: rice cooked with squid ink, giving it a black colour and a rich flavour. It is often served with cuttlefish or shrimp. – Baccalà mantecato: salted codfish whipped with olive oil, garlic, and parsley. It is usually spread on slices of bread or polenta. – Sarde in saor: fried sardines marinated with onions, vinegar, raisins, and pine nuts. It is a sweet and sour dish that can be eaten hot or cold. – Bigoli in salsa: thick spaghetti-like pasta with a sauce of anchovies, onions, and butter. It is a simple but tasty dish that dates to the Middle Ages.

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Photo Gallery of  Walk  – Piazzale Calle Colonna to Fondamenta S. Lorenzo
Approximately 1.33 km – 0.83 miles

The walk starts in Piazzale Calle Colonna – Fondamenta dei Vetrai – Calle Bressagio – Fondamenta Manin – Campiello P. Bigaglia – Fondamenta Manin – Chiesa di San Pietro Martire, Fondamenta dei Vetrai – Fondamenta da Mula – Ponte Longo Lino Toffolo – Riva Longa – Fondamenta S. Lorenzo