Glass processing in Venice

From the 10th century the Republic of Venice began to produce and trade the glass that he had at the beginning a high cost between X and XIV centuries, craftsmen used a secret technique, but a new casting process was developed at the end of the 1600 and the glass was a common material.
In 1271 in Venice was written a state regulated and safeguarded the glass manufacturing, denying the glassmakers foreigners the opportunity to work in furnaces in Venice and not importing no type of glass from abroad.
In 1291 the glassworks were shifted to the island of Murano to avoid fires that were once very common near the furnaces as the houses were still for many wooden parts.
It is thought that even glasses with lenses of glass were born in Venice in 1200 replacing lenses in beryl.
In 1400 the glassmaker Barovier invents a new type of blown glass much more elegant and precious, the Crystal, which is obtained by adding to the mixture of sodium and manganese glass.
Still today the Venetian Murano glassmakers continue in this ancient tradition of processing this material and the Murano glass today is famous worldwide for its quality and great value.