Famous the world over for its hand blown glass, this collection of Islands is where it all happens, you can watch a demonstration.

Know Before You Go

Watch a full glass blowing demonstration and see the masters at work and take home one of the unique creations only available on this island.
Guided Tours can be purchased online which incorporates the island trip and glass blowing factory tour and shopping.
The proprietors of the shops and factories are happy murano glass creations back to your home.
Children will be fascinated by the glass blowing display.

Watch the craftsmen at work

Murano comprises a series of islands all of which are interlinked by bridges across the lagoon of Venice. Once an independent commune, now part of Venice - the population of Murano is around 5,000 people, the islands are most famous for their original glass works. You can watch them being made.

History of Murano Glass

In the year 1291 all of the glassmakers in Venice were ordered to move to Murano due to the fire threat their craft imposed on the city of Venice. Throughout the following century they began to export their mirrors, glass beads and vases across the world, which is how Murano gained its reputation of the glass blowing capitol of the world.

Visit Vecchia Murano to discover the vibrant boldly coloured buildings on the island and to see how centuries of glass blowing has evolved into a global business.

Where should I buy Murano glass?

The Murano waterfront, Fondamenta dei Vetrai has many small shops selling Murano glassware. However, the most reliable place to buy quality Murano glass is on mainland Venice.

- How do I know it is genuine?

Look for the sign and trademark that says “Vetro Artistico di Murano”.

If you do go to Burano as well, try the local "bussolai" biscuits with Moscato wine.

Key Highlights

In 1291 all the glassmakers in Venice were ordered to move to Murano due to the fire threat their craft imposed on the city of Venice. Throughout the following century they began to export their mirrors, glass beads and vases across the world.

Visit Vecchia Murano to discover the vibrant boldly coloured buildings on the island and to see how centuries of glass blowing has evolved into a global business.

Read the details to find out where you should buy Murano glass when in Venice.

Map : Murano

Other Venice Top 10 Attractions Near Murano are marked in yellow

Distance of other top ten Attractions from Murano
AttractionDistance
Saint Mark's Basilica2.9 Km
Bridge of Sighs2.9 Km
Doge's Palace3 Km
Grand Canal3 Km
Basilica dei Frari3.2 Km
Teatro la Fenice3.2 Km
Scuola Grande di San Rocco3.3 Km
Church of San Giorgio Maggiore3.4 Km
Gallerie dell Accademia3.6 Km

These distances are approximate [As the crow flies]

Review and Feedback on Murano:

Venice experts have nominated Murano as one of the absolutely unforgettable things to do in Venice. Murano should be on your "bucket list" when you plan the trip to Venice. Given the vibrancy of Venice, it is hard to restrict this selection of travel bucket list ideas to just top ten. The review of Murano as well as the insightful tips and Faqs have been authored by Venice expert.


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