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.
Inside a glass factory on Murano Island. Photo: SpirosK
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.
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.
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