While in Italy, I really gobbled up the beautiful glass work... Whether it was the beautiful necklaces made of Murano glass beads, or chandeliers hanging in royal palaces, I loved it all. I was able to bring some necklaces home with me, my two favorites being these below:
My Murano jewelry is so pretty and I love it! I'm so thankful I was even able to get it; we were on such a tight schedule of sightseeing that I barely managed to run into the shop in Rome while the kids were all browsing in a shop featuring wooden toys à la Pinocchio.
As for the chandeliers? Um, no. They didn't quite fit in my suitcase--or budget.
I was, however, able to read all about them--and the history of glassblowing in Venice--in a delightful novel, The Glassblower of Murano, by Marina Fiorato. I loved it. Read it and you'll be transported to Venice in the days of King Louis XIV and the glorious era of Venetian glassmaking... I couldn't put it down as the modern-day heroine discovered her ancestor's secrets and developed her own talent.
Here is a video I found on youtube of Caserta, the palace in Naples where I took the pictures above.