Today we needed a slow day, with no set schedule, and that’s exactly what we had. We woke up to no alarm and eventually made our way to Murano via water taxi. After a great demonstration of glass making at Schiavon, we toured their lovely gallery.
Unlike many of the large glass factories that cover Murano Island, this is a small family-owned shop that's been around for generations. Their glass pieces are truly works of art, as are their prices! Here is a photo of their "wow gallery" aptly named by Pepe, our host.
We found our 20th anniversary present to each other at this gallery - we are having two pendant light covers made to hang over our kitchen island. We chose the glass, style, and shape of the pendant. We look forward to receiving our unique and wonderful pieces sometime in late May.
After testing Mark’s patience trying to decide on the color/style I wanted, we both found the right one. The Millefiori style is classic Venetian and has been used for hundreds of years here (originating in Egypt thousands of years ago). The colors are vibrant and pure. We chose a dome shape for our pendants with the Millefiori design stretched vertically – this lamp shade is a good example of the design (not the shape):
After a quick lunch of yummy focaccia, we took the vaporetto on a long ride through the canals - loving the views along the way.
We stopped off at Rialto Bridge and enjoyed a leisurely walk back through Piazza San Marco following dinner, purposely getting lost on side streets a few times along the way.
We hit the square at dark and loved hearing the dueling orchestras alternating their performances on each side of the square. A lovely way to end our day!
Tomorrow we will visit St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace before we pack it up for home. Bona sera!