Murano Travel Guide

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Murano Things to Do

  • Basilica di SS Maria e Donato

    Beautiful brick work with its colonnaded exterior, this church dates from the 12th century. Inside the whole floor is a mosaic from 1140. Well worth the effort to get here!

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  • Basilica dei SS Maria e Donato

    The beautiful colonnaded exterior of the apse of this church are the architectural highlight I found most memorable from my brief visit to Murano. The exterior of this church is very attractive, but it's main attractions are those inside. High up in the apse is a 12th century mosaic of the Vigin Mary made from glass, set against a gold background...

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  • Glass Museum - Museo Vetrario

    Housed in the Palazzo Giustinian on the Fondamenta Giustinian (a short step from the Murano Museo vaporetto stop) is the Glass Museum dedicated to Murano's long-standing connection with glass making. Unfortunately when we visited in February 2012 much of the museum was closed and so we didn't get to see all of what would normally be on display and...

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  • Visit to glass factory

    When you are in Murano, you should try to visit a glass factory and see how the skilled glass-makers produce the beautiful glass items. One of such a glass factory is the Mazzega Glass Factory, with a selection of some of the best glass makers in Murano (more information is at their website below). Mazzega Glass Factory is conveniently located...

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  • Watch a Glass Blowing Demo

    This is an age-old tradition in this part of Italy and this island is famous for its many glass products- usually jewelries, vaseds, jars, sculptures, lamps, etc.The dedication and creativity are just mind boggling! We watched demo for under an hour and was treated to an intricate but seemingly easy method of glass blowing to produce an artistic...

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  • Visiting a Glass Factory

    We got to Murano late. They kept the factory open for us though (all those good tourist dollars). They took us into the factory where there was one man (a master) who made a vase while we watched. It was black glass (although we couldn't really see that until the end because it was hot and therefore red) with little pieces of colored glass in it....

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  • Stroll Rio dei Vetral

    If you get off at the Colonna vaporetto stop you will be walking down the 'main street' of Murano, Rio dei Vetral, which is loaded with souvenir shops, cafes, etc.

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  • Glass Museum (Museo Vetrario)

    A nice collection of of antique glass produced on the island and elsewhere,Adult admission: 5.50 euros

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  • Gran Canale and surroundings

    Murano is a small island and it´s very easy move in the island. The grand canal divide the island in two, is not bigger than the venezian one but is not crowed of people like the venezian. There are lots of shops and place to have a rest and a drink. Very recomended it is walk in the streets around the canal there i found the real Murano, streets...

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  • Chiesa di San Pietro Martire

    The church dates from century XIV but it was rebuilt in 1511. It´s very well decorated with importants works by Tintoretto and Veronese. There is a very important paint made by Giovanni Bellini and two pieces of the altar. The church is just 200 metres from the vaporeto stop and in the convergence of the Murano´s gran Canale.*La iglesia data del...

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  • Glass Museum

    The Museum of Glass is located in the Palazzo Giustinian around the corner from the Museo waterbus stop and near the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Donato. It has samples of glass from Egyptian times through the present day, and the displays show how the art and manufacture of glass developed over the centuries.El museo del cristal se encuentra en...

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  • Natale Di Vetro - Christmas in Glass

    From 5th December 2007 until January 6th 2008, Murano has a display of glass sculptures at various spots around the island. The first one that I saw was in front of the clock tower in Campo San Stefano, later I came across a display of purple glass rods in a small campo. As well as the outdoor sculptures, there had been a Christmas market - the...

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  • San Pietre Martire

    This is one of a pair of churches, that are still in operation on Murano (in 1797, before the Republic fell there were 17)This church dates back to 1363, but most of its architecture dates from 1474, when it was re built following a fire. It was Christmas Day afternoon, when I entered the church, recorded Christmas music was playing, and the first...

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  • Grand Canal of Murano

    The Grand Canal of Murano (Canal Grande di Murano) is the main canal of Murano (just like the Grand Canal of Venice is to Venice), however it is not as big and famous as the Grand Canal of Venice. There is a bridge which crosses this canal called the Ponte Vivarini bridge, this is located near to the Palazza da Mula as well as the Mazzega Glass...

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  • Rio dei Vetrai

    The Rio dei Vetrai is the small canal of Murano which links to the Grand Canal of Murano (Canal Grande di Murano). There is a valporetto (water bus) stop called Colonna which my wife and I landed in Murano. After that, you can walk along the two streets along this canal called Fondamenta dei Vetrai and Fondamenta Manin. There are many shops here...

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Murano Hotels

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  • Murano Palace

    Cesare, the owner, was wonderful. He cordially greeted us, allowed us to settle in, and then invited...

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  • Locanda Conterie

    Good hotel being refurbished, or extended. Very near Museo vaporetto stop and Campo San Bernado...

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Murano Restaurants

  • Lunch by the Basilica

    Al Canton has a great location in Murano right by the Basilica SS Maria e Donato, which is one of the main attractions on the island. Since we were visiting on a very cold (-6C) February day there was no outside seating and nobody would have wanted to sit outside unless they were insane. I understand that in summer they do have outside seating and...

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  • Lunch before leaving Murano

    After spending the morning visiting and doing shopping we decided have some lunch before leaving Murano to back to Venice. We arrived to the vaporeto stop (don´t remember the name of the stop), we found this restaurant in piazzale alla colonna where we had a very nice lunch. We had greek salad, spaguetti alla carbonara and lasagne, the food was...

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  • "Tardis" Cafe

    Past San Donato - walking away from main centre and glass museum, just across a small canal bridge is this small local cafe. Popualr withj locals so on our last hour here we joined them for a coffee at non-tourist prices. The setting was odd, a small caopy over the tables but the cafe itself was a rounded structure - we niknamed it the Tardis - and...

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Murano Nightlife

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    by sandysmith Updated Feb 4, 2005

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    Murano is even quieter by evening when the visitors to the glass factories have gone. Just one or two restaurants open and pleasant strolls along the canals. With less motorboat traffic the water is perfectly still and great for those reflections! The evenings were still so warm too - no need for a jacket or cardigan.

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Murano Transportation

  • Vaporetto to Murano

    The vaporetto is the way to get to Murano from Venice. It takes just 10 minutes to get from Fte. Nové to Murano Colonna, stopping just at the Cimitero stop on the cemetary island of San Michele. Services 4.1 and 4.2 make this journey and then go around the island stopping at other points. The other useful stop for tourists is likely to be Murano...

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  • Getting to Murano

    You can get there fast or slow:For a leisurely, see the sights from the water ride:Take either number 41 or 42 from the S. Zaccaria stop near St. Mark'sTo get there faster:Take the DM (Direct Murano) from the train station stop (Ferrovia) or from the Piazza Roma

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  • To/From the Island

    The most logical vaporetto stop to use would be Colonna, from which you can walk the entire length of Rio dei Vetral, which is packed with souvenir shops, cafes, etc. If you want to continue on to Burano you have to walk over to the Faro vaporetto stop, on the Eastern edge of Murano (viale Garibaldi takes you right there).

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Murano Shopping

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  • Glass Shopping in Murrano Italy

    Extensive selection of goods. Grossly over priced then, all marked down 60%. But watchout because the marked down price is still overpriced. One paperweight was 75 Euro (final price) and could be found in Vencie for 40-45 Euro. Larger items were much more expensive in Vetreria than could be found in other local shops. One vase was 5X more...

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  • l'artigianato fattosi arte

    After the demonstration, they took us to an area where the very very expensive glass was on display. These were the signed pieces by the Masters. We were not allowed to take any pictures here. Probably the signed pieces by the masters are too expensive. Some of the work down by the apprentices should be just as good and way cheaper. I don't like...

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  • Glass Shop at the Factory

    I wanted to get something for my mom and dad. I already had bought something for my sister while we were in Barcelona. My grandmother said she would go in with me and the gift would be for my parents birthdays, Christmas and anniversary for this year from both of us. They wouldn't let us take any photos in the shop where the master's glass was...

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Murano Tourist Traps

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    by freya_heaven Updated Feb 22, 2004

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    One can but Murano glass and crystal all over Venice as well as Murano its self. The prices vary tremously, so if you have the time and inclination it id worth shopping around for the best price.

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Murano Off The Beaten Path

  • Isola di Murano (Entrance Range Rear)...

    I am always on the lookout for lighthouses, although I don't always recognize them right away. But there was no doubt that this was one. It was built in 1912. The lighthouse is painted white; near the top there are two black horizontal bars facing the range line. The lighthouse has a distinct lean in the seaward direction which I may have edited...

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  • Island of San Michele

    Better known as Island of the dead, this island is one large cemetary. Located between Murano and Venice, most of the city boats that go to and from Murano stop at San Michele.The Island is about the most peaceful, if not erie spot in the Venetian Lagoon.The Church on the island was the first renaissance building in Venice. Originally a monastery,...

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  • Graveyards and Chapel of San Michele

    San Michele is mainly a catholic cemetry but there are also two mini-graveyards for other Christian sects: the Greci or Greek Orthodox cemetery, where Igor Stravisky and Sergei Diaghilev are buried; and the Protestant graveyard, whose most famous resident is Ezra Pound. (Jews have their own cemetery on the Lido, Venice's resort island.) In between...

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  • Rio dei Vetrai

    Despite the bitter cold on the day of our visit to Murano one of the highlights for me was just looking at the buildings and bridges along some of the canals. The pictures here are of some of those which I saw on the stretch from vaporetto stop Murano Colonna to Ponte Vivarini which is the bridge that crosses the Canal di Murano. This canal is...

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  • Canal di Murano

    The Canal di Murano is Murano's answer to Venice's Grand Canal. It's a much quieter and more modest place but still very charming with many restaurants lining the pavements on either side. As we were visiting on a Saturday afternoon in February many of these were closed but I'd imagine it would have quite an atmosphere here during summer. I just...

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  • Interesting water pump

    If you look around you in Murano, you may be able to spot some interesting architecture and items. During my visit there in June 2007, I managed to spot this interesting water pump along the Grand Canal area of Murano.

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