Dove Vai? – Searching Venice for a Glass Mosquito

Tuscan Traveler took a brief sojourn in Venice with a very short wish list. The first priority was to eat as much great seafood as possible. That done, the search was on for the glass menagerie that includes tiny hand-made mosquitoes.

Tiger Mosquitoes by Bruno Amadi
Tiger Mosquitoes by Bruno Amadi

Bruno Amadi presides over a zoological garden of fragile plants, animals, fish, birds and frogs in a narrow back ally near the San Polo church. But the bugs are the best – a house fly so life-like you will want to swat it, mosquitoes balancing on spindly legs thinner than a human hair, and beetles in iridescent colors.

Mr. Amadi works with glass rods (lumi) and a flame to create his masterpieces. He first consults reference books and the National Geographic Magazine to assure that his creations are true to life. He will spend hours getting the spots on a Poison Dart Frog just right.

A Grasshopper Eyes a Sweet Pea Lunch
A Grasshopper Eyes a Sweet Pea Lunch

Venice is full of glass, but after you see the work of Bruno Amadi and almost pick up one of his pea pods to savor the spring sweetness, you will never be satisfied with fake ladybugs and seahorses seen in windows around every other corner.

Lume di Amadi

Address:  San Polo 2747, 30100 Venezia (Vaporetto Stop: San Sivestro)

Telephone:  +39 041.38.089

Hours: Mon. – Sat. 9am – 12:30pm, 3pm – 6pm (wise to call ahead)

4 thoughts on “Dove Vai? – Searching Venice for a Glass Mosquito

  1. Hello– My late husband collected Amadi’s work. One of his cases fell over and he was heartbroken when he saw that many of his delicate insects that had survived several moves were finally broken. However, I still have the pieces and some are almost intact and maybe a few are whole. Is there any use for them? Do you collect and would you be interested in seeing/making an offer? They are so delicate and so beautiful even shattered…Thanks.

  2. To the poster who wrote about the broken Amadi works – I’d be interested in seeing/talking about the pieces….how can we get connected?

  3. Bruno Amadi told me, when I bought a lovely boxer (female!) from him: “if ever you brake it, take it back to me! I can repare it for you”….

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