Venice Day Trip: Murano Island

Highlights: Glass, glass, and more glass
Duration: Two to four hours
Exertion level: Low
Accessible by: Vaporetto

In the late 13th century, the powers that were in Venice ordered all glassmakers to move operations to the adjacent island of Murano. By the following century, Murano was the undisputed center of glass production in Europe. Murano glass artisans developed many glass styles, and Murano glass continues to be highly valued today.

Murano glass factory

Inside a glass factory on Murano Island. Photo: SpirosK

To see

It's very exciting to view Murano glassmakers at work, and there are many places on the island to check out contemporary glass production. Take a look at the EuroCheapo blog for tips on catching a glass blowing demonstration.

Also, be sure to check out Murano's Glass Museum, which is housed in the magnificent Palazzo Giustinian. Museum admission costs €8 (reduced price is €5.50), although it's free with possession of the standard Venice Card. The Glass Museum features an archaeological collection of glass from Egypt and Dalmatia as well as collections of 18th century, 19th century, and contemporary glass.

In addition to exploring Murano's cute corners by foot, be sure to visit the Church of Santi Maria e Donato. The church's mosaics are especially gorgeous.

Getting there

To get to Murano, take vaporetto 3, 4.1 or 4.2. The journey takes just a few minutes.

For more information about Murano, visit the official Tourist Board of Venice site.

More day trips

Looking for more getaway suggestions? Check out our article on day trips from Venice.

From our Venice blog

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Although most hotels in Venice tend to be very pricey, the city does offer a decent number of small one- and two-star hotels with rates that can be surprisingly affordable, especially if you visit in the off season. Many of these come equipped with tons to Venetian charm, to boot!

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