venice, italy | murano glass and gondola rides

If you missed part one of our trip to Venice, you can read about it here.

While we were in Venice this summer we strolled down all of the beautiful bridges and took photos of the detailed architecture. We ate street pizza, macarons, gelato and anything else we could get our hands on. And of course, we had to check out the famous Venetian masks and Murano glass. B and I always have so much fun looking for souvenirs. Whether it’s for family or for us and our future house, we usually end up leaving a country with paintings, Christmas ornaments and anything else the vacation spot is known for. In Venice, we bought a Murano glass vase with beautiful colors and bubble details.

When we wanted to find an authentic Murano glass vase, we asked our gondolier where to go. He told us to go directly to Murano because not only would we find a large selection, we would also get to see glass blowing. We ran out of time. Instead, we made our way through some of the alleyways in Venice to get out of the extremely populated tourist areas, and found a store with reasonable prices and certificates of authenticity. Most of the stores in Venice are able to ship your goods out of the country, which is nice but pricey. We decided to wrap up the vase and stick it in one of our backpacks. Somehow we got it to Scotland in one piece.

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If you’re interested in other activities besides gondola rides and glass blowing, we found that our hotel had plenty of tourist brochures to look through. Many sightseeing companies offer walking tours, photography shops, cooking classes and anything else that would make a trip memorable.

Have you ever traveled to Venice? If so, are you familiar with Murano glass and gondola rides?


Filed Under: Italy, Travel, Venice21 Comments
  • Helene

    soooo romantical!! I love!

  • Kelly Ann

    Great photos! I love your blog and I am now following you!

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  • lily white english rose

    it looks like such a magical place :D your photos are amazing as always :D

  • Sarah

    You list of food sounds amazing, I bet it was so good and authentic!

  • Dressing Up For Me

    I missed Venice, I was there last summer too! I think there´s a Murano glass factory somewhere in one of those streets where you can see glass blowing, etc. I just forgot where it was. ;)

  • Lisette @ Northern Belle Diaries

    You know….you give me heart pangs EVERY time you post pictures of Italy! EVERY time!!! I miss Venice. And I wanted one of those masks sooooo bad! Slightly broken hearted at those pictures!

  • Lisette @ Northern Belle Diaries

    AH! And I think I have a picture of that last building when the lilacs were in bloom!!!!!! Ok. Officially broken hearted

  • Zhanna Frid

    Your pictures remind me how much I miss Italy!! Your pictures are just stunning!!

  • Mom In The USA

    Hi Rachel,
    I’m your newest follower from the Thupming Thursdays blog hop. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on joining our community.
    Seeing your pictures of Venice and Marseille and Spain made me miss being there so much. It was like taking a stroll down memory lane seeing your pictures. Oh and the food – the food! Thank you for sharing.


  • la petite lulu

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! You have a great eye! Reading this brought back memories of my first trip to Venice, such a beautiful city. Happy to be your newest follower from the Thumping Thursdays blog hop, looking forward to reading more!

  • Ashlee Christopher

    So stunning!! I want your life!!

  • Rekita Nicole

    Your pictures from Venice is making me so envious. it looks beautiful there and it looks like you had a fantastic time.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and i am not going to return the follow. looking forward to more posts!


    • Rekita Nicole

      omg, i realized i said “not”, i meant to say “now”. lol

  • Mike

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  • Nicole Buckingham

    oh my goodness that is magical. love.

    I’m stopping by from A Lovely Army wife to say “hi” and to invite you to join for An Aloha Affair, a sweet gathering and growing together of creative souls. You are always welcome. Always.


  • Lauren

    Venice looks amazing – I really want to go!

    Following from the blog hop :)

  • WhatJeanLikes

    I never got to venture to Venice while I was in Italy years ago. Rome was wonderful but Venice is so gorgeous! You look like you are having a wonderful time!

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  • Azara

    Wow! It looks so interesting. I’m hoping someday I make it there.

  • Ashley

    Gorgeous photos!

  • Denene Brox Photography

    Love your photos! I also really love Italy…have been 3 times. I recently posted pics from my 2010 trip to Rome.

    BTW, found you via phiphi’s blog today. New follower!

  • Dimitri Saco

    Venice is sooooo amazing!!! Loved the pics!!!