Beyond Venice: Murano

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The Venetian lagoon is filled with a splattering of islands that beckon visitors to explore. Murano is just one of those group of islands that, as a visitor to Venice, cannot be missed.

Heard of Venetian glass? Well, it’s kind of a big deal around there. Actually, it’s where Venetian glass originates from! The glassmakers on Murano keep it old school and stay true to the art of glassmaking and produce some stunning, modern pieces that make you (me) think as you walk past them “Don’t touch, don’t touch, don’t knock any over”…

So what is there to do and see I hear you say?

1. Watch how it’s done in a glass factory

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There are a few fantastic glass factories around Murano that will allow you pop in and watch how the pros do it and have been doing it for years.

Be wary there, there are some dodgy and kinda tacky ones around. A pretty cool one to visit is Guarnieri Glass Factory, which can be found if you turn left from the Murano Colonna ferry stop. There are also a few that will charge a small fee for you to watch the glassmakers.

2. Museo del Vetro aka The Glass Museum

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This is a fascinating museum that delves into the history of Murano, how glassmaking came to be with interactive displays that show visitors the intricate designs and techniques of the glassmaking artists.

Entry is only €10 for an adult.

3. Wander the canals

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Murano is made up of a collection of islands that are all linked by bridges and complemented by the calming canals that makes this whole region of Italy famous. Quaint stores and marvellous artwork are all perfect reasons to just roam and see what you find.

4. Shop for your own piece of glass art

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Murano has been the mecca for glassmaking since 1291 and many, if not all visitors flock to Murano to get their little piece of genuine Venetian glass. There are hundreds of stores on Murano, many selling very similar items, but if you have the cash and are willing to invest in something truly amazing, there is no shortage of true art there. So seek out that special piece of glass that sings out to you.

Out of respect for the shop owners and glassmakers I did not take any photos of their wares for my blog you will just have to visit Murano to see it all for yourself.

5. Cometa di Vetro

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A “glass comet” – this spectacular, vivid blue glass masterpiece is Murano’s symbol of Christmas and can be found, not that you would be able to miss it, in Campo Santo Stefano, one of the main squares in Murano.

How to get there?

The easiest way to get to Murano is by ferry from Venice.

  1. Buy your return ticket to Murano from a ferry terminal (we grabbed ours from the larger terminals near the Rialto bridge);
  2. Go to Fondamonte Nove ferry terminal;
  3. Take Line 12 – Vaporetto Line 12, this line will also get you to Burano.

 

Don’t forget to comment below, I’d love to hear about your experience in Murano!

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