The legend says that in 77 A.D. a few Phoenician merchants, stranded on the Mediterranean coast, in order to light a fire used some of the blocks of "Natron" (soda) stocked in the ship.
These blocks, due to the heat, melted together with the sand of the beach changing into streams of a transparent, yet solid material.
As a matter of fact, the discovery of glass dates back to an even remoter period than the age of Phoenicians: indeed, this material was already used by Egyptians, Syrians, Romans, Byzantines and Venetians.
In 1291, to avoid "fire-hazards", a Serenissima's ordinance decreed that every glass-factory had to be moved to the neighbouring island of Murano.
Here, the ancient Roman and Byzantine techniques and the innovations in forms and colours have been blended to create a mysterious and charming whol.
The tradition of the Maestri Vetrai has been handed down from father to child till today, and it is still jealously preserved by the Venetian government, which has always protected it.
Everything made of Murano glass - from the murrine to the filigrees, from the chandeliers to the chalices - is the result of work, imagination, discoveries and inventions bound together with a continuous thread which goes from the Middle-Age to the Renaissance, right up to us.