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Murano

Known for its people's mastery in the art of shaping glass, this island is a top attraction of the Venetian Lagoon.

TravelCurious Tip

Murano can be easily accessed using vaporetto line 42.

A mile northeast of Venice sits the small island of Murano, known locally as “The Glass Island”. In reality, it consists of seven separate islands, but they are all connected by small footbridges, and they are so tightly bunched that they are usually lumped together in the popular consciousness.


Blowing Across the Lagoon

Before being incorporated into the larger comune of Venice, Murano was a municipality of its own, and over the course of several centuries it developed an excellent reputation as a centre of high-quality glassblowing. In the late 13th century, the production of glass was a complex, delicate and relatively new process, which could only be executed by a select few master craftsmen. As glassblowing workshops began to spring up in Venice, the authorities became worried about the increasing fire risk in their mostly wooden city, and in 1291 the glassblowers were ordered to pack up and move to Murano.


Keeping it Glassy

Unsurprisingly, the island’s tourist trade revolves around this rich and lengthy heritage, and there are plenty of opportunities to visit traditional fornaci. Many of these have demonstration areas where you can see the craftsmen at work producing everything from simple window panes to intricate glass animals – an extremely impressive spectacle. If the history and mechanics of glassblowing interests you, the Museo del Vetro can tell you all you need to know. Afterwards, take a wander to Campo Santo Stefano, where you can admire the attractive clocktower of the Church of St. Stephen, and the large blue “starburst” abstract sculpture which sits at the square’s centre.


Nearby Attractions

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Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo
This historic square is home to an imposing Gothic church and the Scuola Grande di San Marco, as well as an important 15th century equestrian statue.
Marco Polo's House
Believed to have been the residence of the world famous explorer and his family, the ancient Corte del Milion is a must see for adventure lovers.
Ca’ d’Oro
Commissioned in 1428 by the family who gave Venice eight Doges, the 'Golden House' is now open to the public as an art gallery.
Banco Rosso
An old bank in the Ghetto, where a famous expression comes from...
Jewish Museum of Venice
Petite museum chronicling the history of the Ghetto and its residents
Venetian Ghetto
The area where Venice's Jews lived between 1516 and 1797

Related Tours

Glassblowing in Murano
Craft sits at the heart of Venice, and glassblowing is one of the city's most challenging crafts to master. On this tour, enjoy exploring one of the oldest authentic Murano glass factories, where the only exclusive "furnace" of the island was created. You will live the glass blowing art, with the chance to see a master glassblower and his team working, following their millenary tradition. 

  • Cruise along Central Lagoon, towards Murano 
  • Enjoy an exclusive visit to a traditional glassmaking factory, typically closed to the public 
  • Learn about the ancestry and modern techniques of glass blowing 
  • Discuss the art of glass blowing with the master himself- Maestro Fabio Fornasier 

Seeing an Old Craft

The Venetian lagoon has many islands, each with their own character and heritage. Foremost among these is the archipelago of Murano, which provides a respite from the touristy bustle of the historic city and has been the centre for glassmaking in the region since 1291, when the fire risk meant production was moved from the city. 

Embarking at Murano, your private guide will take you via water taxi to a family-run workshop. Here you will be able to see the glassblowers in action, twisting the molten glass to make different shapes. If you are lucky, you will also see them coloring the glass. Throughout the experience, your guide will spill the secrets of the profession, including odd facts like why glassblowers used to be immune from prosecution. 

By the way, if you buy any hand-made glass souvenirs, remember to ask them to wrap it up in bubble-wrap so it survives the journey home! 
Private Tour of Murano and Burano
The best way to explore Venice is either on foot or on a boat. Escape into the pearl of the Venetian Lagoon, away from the bustle of St Mark’s Square, and into the tranquility of both Murano and Burano.

  • Cruise along Central Lagoon, towards Murano 
  • Visit a traditional glassmaking factory 
  • Travel from Murano to Burano via water-taxi 
  • Walk along the scenic canals and take in the vibrant architecture 
  • See a demonstration of traditional lace-making
  • Savor bussolai - Burano's famous cookies
  • Travel back to central Venice
Murano

Celebrated as the centre of production of the world famous Murano Glass and often described as a “small Venice”, Murano is the most well known Islands surrounding the stunning Venice. Our first stop will be a traditional glassmaking factory, where you will watch artisans make chandeliers, vases, statues and other beautiful objects. 

Burano

Famous for its colourfully painted houses and its picturesque canals, this pearl of the Venetian Lagoon will simply leave you breathless. Walk along scenic canals and take wonderful photographs of the vibrant local architecture and beautiful vistas that makes the island of Burano a rather special place to visit. Then enjoy a visit to a local workshop where lace continues to be made by hand today. 
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