This classic Venetian window is located on a house on Murano. Like the main part of Venice, Murano is built on a series of islands joined by bridges. It has been the center of glass making since 1291, when the glass furnaces were relocated from the main part of Venice to these islands to reduce the risk of fire in the main part of Venice.
Some fishermen, particularly those on the Venetian island of Burano, like to paint their houses the same color as their boats.
The colors add warmth and cheer to the houses that lack the fine Gothic architectural touches for which Venice is famous.
All produce and other goods must arrive by boat.
This is the central piazza on Murano, where the art of glass making is still a major industry today. In Medieval times, Venice restricted the right of glass blowers and their families to travel so that other nations would not learn the secrets of the master glass blowers. Today, it is possible for tourists to visit glass blowing factories and showrooms, although they can at times be rather touristy.