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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 $22.82
Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice, Venice, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6022 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 $39.93
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 4 Reviews

On a private water taxi, you'll enjoy a private boat ride through the Grand Canal to the famous Murano Island glass factory where you'll see how they blow the ...  Read more

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

From USD $547.59
2-Hour Murano Island Tour, Venice, Private Sightseeing Tours
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2-Hour Murano Island Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 16 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 $84.99
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

Meet your local guide in Venice city center and travel by boat to reach Murano island. Here visit the ancient Church of Saint Donato and walk through the ...  Read more

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

From USD $18.25
Venetian Ships Pavilion and the Castello District, Venice, Day Trips
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Venetian Ships Pavilion and the Castello District

Discover this unique area of Venice and escape the crowds on this small group walking tour visiting the area of Castello and the inside of the historical ...  Read more

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

From USD $39.93
Private Tour: 2-Hour Murano Guided Tour, Venice, Walking Tours
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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 $787.16
Private Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Tour, Venice, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 224 Reviews

Discover the delights of the Venetian Lagoon on this private 4-hour tour of Murano, Burano and Torcello islands in Venice. Watch skilled glassblowers at work ...  Read more

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

From USD $135.47

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