Hey guys. Starting to feel half-way human. No fever today! So, a good day for gathering some photos together. This is the second of three posts about Italy. It features a trip to Murano which we all know is famous for hand-blown glass and then two fabulous Italian vineyards and more!
Murano is a short water taxi away from Venice.
First we were taken to a place where we had a fun glass blowing demonstration and then were ushered into the showroom. After I took this shot, was told only one or two. Okay. Here’s one.
It’s all lovely for sure but bloody expensive! I realize that people knock this stuff off for a lot less and that the real thing is very labor intensive, but it’s still in the stratosphere.
I was mesmerized by this green bowl. Maybe you can see the price tag is 2,200 Euros. That’s $2,500. And then you have to get it home in one piece!
But then… the glamorous Chiara Zanella took us to a very special place. Now, this is funny. I thought I was being all clever by taking a photo of the name of the place.
Errrmmm… no. Not the name. All that means is that this is the real deal. Then, I figured that some of my travel mates would have it on their instagram. Nope. not a one. But then… after a few tries, did you know that your phone will tell you where you were with a little map that you can zoom in on? Just right-click your image and hit info.
Looking for a replacement part for your Murano Chandelier or need a repair? This is the place.
And it was empty except for us.
They have wonderful antique and vintage pieces too!
I can’t believe I’m the only one who took pics here, but maybe they’re still in their cameras.
That evening, we were treated to a fabulous tour and dinner at the only vineyard in Venice which is on the island of Mazzorbo just north of Murano. Hang on. I made a map for you.
At the bottom of the map is where we stayed on a very tiny private island.
Please check out the article for more of the same. These people sure love color! I’m sure that someone knows the history of that.
But, we were on the far more tame island of Mazzorbo at the Venissa Vineyards.
They served us many delicious wines at dinner, but the Prosecco here was outrageously good. Light and crisp, lovely flavor and LOTS of bubbles. Me like!
And that my friends brings us to the end of our Venice Portion of the trip. Yes, it was waaaay too brief. Why not more photos from Venice itself? One reason was that I had to have a nap after Day one. I did not sleep at all on the plane and only had four hours the first night, so I opted to go to my room for the evening. Trying to take good care of myself and got sick anyway! Just goes to show it makes no difference.
Tuesday on our way to Verona we stopped at this cool antique place called the House of Old Things. And proof that I was really there!
That evening was one of the hi-lights of the trip. Even this non-wine drinker was highly impressed. We were the guests of Andrea Sartori who owns Sartori vineyards. This wine was really delicious! We had this one that they make from raisins. Well, they still have some juice in them but it makes for a very flavorful wine that has an after-taste of currants or something. Even my unsophisticated palette picked that up.
It’s difficult for me to listen to every word, especially when there’s so much to SEE but the home has been in Andrea’s family for a while. It is massive.
This is only about 2/3 of it!
And it comes with its own chapel. Apparently every family member who got married there, eventually divorced. That one sunk in. :]
Andreas who was the most charming host imaginable (and funny) shared many a tale with us in perfect English. Very proudly, he showed us the extensive grounds.
past statues, planters and this wonderful bamboo forest
past this charming footbridge
and over to the edge of the vineyard where yes, the sun was setting and hitting the vines as if to show off for us. I’m sure it’s all perfectly timed. :] Please notice that in front of each row is a rose-bush. The reason for that is if there’s some disease that kills the rose, they farmer will know that the grapes will be next! Did you know that?
I took this one above from the Sartori website. There’s more there if you’re interested.
Next we went down to the “wine cellar” (if that’s the word) which felt like it went on for days and days…Room after room. Massive barrels! I believe they said that they produce some 80,000 bottles of wine a year.
One more swipe from my friend Linda Holt. (below) Please visit her instagram because her photos are not to be believed! I’d like to steal them all. Don’t know how I missed this one. And believe it or not, this is without a filter.
I think I was so mesmerized, I forgot to snap a pic.
After the tour we sat down for a delicious dinner and had a very memorable eggplant parmesan that was so light and delectable, it practically melted in my mouth.
Well, that’s enough for now. I’ve saved some of the best for last.