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  • Address: Venice, Italy
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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, Venice, null
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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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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 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $21.50
Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice, Venice, Day Trips
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Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice

4.5 star rating: Recommended 549 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: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.63
Grand Canal Boat Private Tour: Murano and Burano, Venice, Day Trips
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Grand Canal Boat Private Tour: Murano and Burano

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Step aboard a private boat and let the beauty of Venice enchant you as you explore one of the world’s most romantic cities and its spectacular sights with a ...  Read more

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

From USD $516.09
Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass Experience, Venice, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass Experience

A private guided boat ride along the Grand Canal followed by a visit to the famous Murano island Glass factory that is known for its glass production all ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $376.31
Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano Lace Laboratory, Venice, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano Lace Laboratory

Meet you local guide in Venice city center, then board a private boat and admire the lagoon of Venice. Stop in Murano island to see S. Maria and ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.63
Venetian Ships Pavilion and the Castello District, Venice, Day Cruises
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Venetian Ships Pavilion and the Castello District

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Explore one of Venice's less-visited areas with this 2-hour small-group walking tour of the Castello district and the Venetian Ships Pavilion in the Arsenale. ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.63
Venice: Boat Tour to Murano and Burano with Fish Lunch, Venice, Walking Tours
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Venice: Boat Tour to Murano and Burano with Fish Lunch

If you want to discover the wonderful Venice lagoon main islands and enjoy a delicious seafood lunch in a typical osteria this is clearly the tour for you. ...  Read more

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

From USD $62.36
2-Hour Murano Island Tour, Venice, Day Trips
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2-Hour Murano Island Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Visit Murano Island on a 2-hour tour. Follow your guide through its narrow street and learn about glass making techniques.

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.20
Excursion to Murano Island, Saint Donato Cathedral and Glass Blowing Demo, Venice, City Tours
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Excursion to Murano Island, Saint Donato Cathedral and Glass Blowing Demo

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Watch the artisan glass makers of Murano in action during a 3-hour tour from Venice. After leaving St. Mark’s Square, you’ll cruise across the water to the ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $17.20
Private Tour: 2-Hour Murano Guided Tour, Venice, Day Trips
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Private Tour: 2-Hour Murano Guided Tour

Murano is one of the most beautiful islands of the Venetian lagoon. It is especially famous for its glass factories and in fact you will have the opportunity ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $741.88

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