Venice’s state as a floating city leads to the creation of some unique neighbourhoods. On such neighbourhood is the Murano, a collection of seven islands linked by bridges. These islands are:
- Sacca Mattia
- San Donato (find the Church of Santa Maria e San Donato)
- San Teresa e San Mattia
- San Giacomo e San Maffio
- San Pietro Martire (find the church of San Pietro Martire)
- Sacca Serenalla
- San Chiara e San Stefano
Originally settled by Romans, the islands prospered on the fishing and salt industries. The Monastery of St. Michael was founded and went on to become an important learning and printing centre, eventually producing the famous map-maker Fra Mauro.
But the islands today are most famous for their glass-making workshops, an industry created in the 13th century as a result of glassblowers having to move out of Venice to prevent fires. Over the centuries, the islands became major exporters of glassware and the community became quite affluent. Some of the most glassware brands come from this island.
Sights on the island:
- Museo del Vetro
- Palazzo de Mula
- Chiesa dei Santi Maria e Donato
- Santa Maria degli Angeli
Also, visit nearby attractions which are covered in Venice itinerary 1 day.
- Ferries 3, 4.1, 4.2, 7 12, 13, NLN, NMU stop Murano Faro M/N
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13.46% of people who visit Venice include Murano in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
29.37% of people start their Murano visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Murano
63.64% of people prefer walking in order to reach Murano
So if Venice proper is too touristy for you - take a ferry to Murano. Less tourist traps, with just as much food, fun, and walking to be had. More casual and renowned for its glass. Spent most of our time on vacation on this part of the island and would do it again.
Wonderful place: the island of glass In this island you will see the true craftsmanship of glass making. Along the canals and paths in the island, there are numbers of shops and glass factory which offer free glass making demonstration. Just bump in to any one of these and experience the traditional Venetian glass craftsmanship.
Really enjoyable afternoon over at Murano. Cute little shops selling the traditional glass ornaments. Friendly shop keepers. Definitely less busy than central Venice. Tip: for a cheap return ticket (€10 per person), catch the ferry from the Fondamente Novae station.
Very amazing and beautiful island. For me the best Venice island. And you should see the amazing art of handmade glass...
Fantastic place, you get to see beautiful glass art factories here. One can get their imaginary mould of glass moulded right in front if them here.