Customers often ask me “How do I know if this is real Murano Glass?” The best advice I can give is: Know your seller. Do a little research on the person who is selling the glass. Have they been in business long? Do they have a relationship with the artist? Do they spend time in Murano? Do they value working with authentic Murano glass artisans? Is the object made in Murano from Murano glass or,
Positano was the perfect starting point for our exploration of the Amalfi coast; a beautiful, little beach town famous for its colorful buildings, excellent restaurants and steep stairways. Our morning view from the hotel window was breathtaking—rising from the landscape was the blue and yellow tiled dome of Santa Maria Assunta; a regal sentinel that bares witness to the rich history of Positano and commands the attention of all who are near. Below us, the
What is Millefiori? I am often asked, “Millefiori? What does that mean?” Literally translated from Italian to English, “mille” means thousand and “fiori” means flower so millefiori means thousand flowers. It refers to the flower design inside of each mosaic chip multiplied by the many chips it takes to create an object using this form of glass artistry. How Millefiori is made: It begins as a large flower made up of many thin rods of
Buon Ferragosto! A popular greeting heard amongst Italians towards the end of summer. Ferragosto, technically August 15, is the official start to the Italian exodus out of the city to the clean, cool air of the mountains or to the sunny, playful costal beaches. It is a scared time, a time to spend with family and friends; to forget about work and obligations. It is a one day national holiday. Some must return to work
The romantic Festival of Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Italy as it is in the United States, however the tradition of Valentine’s Day is a little different in Italy. History of Valentine’s Day in Italy Valentine’s Day was initially celebrated as a Spring Festival in Italy. Celebration for the day was held in the open air. Young people would gather in tree arbors or ornamental gardens and enjoy listening to music and reading poetry. Later they