Murano is very famous for glass processing, an art that has been handed down for centuries and which attracts thousands of traders, glass art students and tourists to the island every year.
In 1295, the Serenissima, through a decree, obliged the transfer of all the city's furnaces to the island, for safety reasons because the ovens often caused fires that devoured the houses and nearby buildings.
The Republic, moreover, aware of the skill of the glass artisans, enacted a law to prohibit their expatriation so that knowledge was not spread throughout Europe.
On the other hand, it allowed the glassmakers to marry the daughters of the nobles, which was not granted to any other man without blue blood.
The Murano Glass Museum, Palazzo Giustinian, houses among its rooms many precious pieces that have come out of the island's furnaces since the Middle Ages.
It was founded in 1861 by Abbot Vincenzo Zanetti with the aim of creating an archive in which to store objects, knowledge and testimonies related to the identity of the island.
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