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Murano is one of 118 islands in the lagoon of Venice, famous for its glass factories. This is where the unique colored glass of Venice is made, in family-owned factories. Once located in the main city of Venice, they caused too many fires and were exiled to Murano in 1291 - that's how long the industry has been going.

It takes ten years to master the art of making proper Venetian glass. It's such a specialized art that in centuries past glass-makers were forbidden to leave Venice, and if they looked likely to betray industry secrets they were killed! These days the handmade glass is expensive and the industry is dying out - you are enthusiastically encouraged to purchase when you visit.

Murano is home to 4,000 people. In its heyday it had 30,000 residents and the rich Venetians built their summer houses with lush gardens on the island. In fact, Murano had Italy's first botanical gardens. There are also some lovely churches to see, one of which is rumored to house dragon bones behind the altar!

Practical Info

Take Vaporetto (ferry) 41 or 42 from central Venice (but not from stops along the Grand Canal or San Marco), get off at the stop Museo on Murano island. It is definitely worth visiting one of the glass factories and seeing chandeliers, vases and animals being made. A guided tour of the three islands, Murano, Burano and Torcello, is definitely worthwhile.

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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2400 Reviews

Explore three famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon – Murano, Torcello and Burano – on a half-day sightseeing excursion by motorboat. Accompanied by a local ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.74

Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice

4 star rating: Recommended 139 Reviews

Discover the Venetian islands of Murano and Burano on a half-day trip from Venice! With your expert guide, you'll learn about the age-old handcrafts that ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.95

Private Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Explore the famous islands of the Venice lagoon - Murano, Burano and Torcello - on a private half-day trip. You'll watch glass-blowers at work on Murano, shop ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $162.69

Venice Shore Excursion: Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour

Discover the Venetian islands of Murano and Burano on a half-day shore excursion trip from Venice! With your expert guide, you'll learn about the age-old ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.95

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