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The island of Murano

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Divided into nine islets crossed by a wide canal, Murano is the island of glass blowing. A long and still-thriving tradition, this magic art has involved whole generations of Murano residents. The Museum of Glass  is a must for anyone wishing to bone up on the art of glass-making in Venice. Located in Palazzo Giustiniani - in times past the prestigious seat of the Bishops of Torcello - the museum has an extraordinarily rich collection of decorated articles and glass produced between
the 15th century and the present - showing how tastes and styles have changed, and how experiments and new techniques have affected a tradition that brings the island wealth and fame.
A short distance from the museum is the Basilica deiSanti Maria e Donato, which is one of the best examples of the Veneto-Byzantine style. The decorations on the exterior of the apse are curious while, in the interior, the mosaics in the paving with ornamental motifs date from the period of the construction of the basilica (1140). Of the original decorations inside there remains a Byzantine mosaic while the lunette above the Baptistery door frames a painting by L. Bastiani
(1484).

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