Murano is an island town, about 1.5 km (1 mile) north of Venice, in northern Italy and is considered part of Venice.
Walking along the many canals is part of the experience of Murano. The island is only about 1.5 km across, so it is small enough to explore by foot.
The Grand Canal (Canale Grande) splits the island into two. Walking around the island will help you discover the beautiful colors, little shops and restaurants.
Basilica dei Santa Maria e San DonatoKnown for its twelfth-century Byzantine mosaic pavement, which is a similar floor to Venice's Basilica di San Marco, and the mosaic dome in the apse of the Virgin Mary. It is said to house the bones of the dragon slain by Saint Donatus. The bell tower, like most bell towers, is separate from the Church.
Chiesa di San Pietro MartireBuilt in the 15th century and then reconstructed some years later after a fire. Inside are some art works, such as two canvasses by Bellini.
Campo Santo StefanoNotable for its 19th-century clock tower. One of the most visited spots.
Palazzo Da MulaThe summer residence of the Venetian patricians. The façade features large Gothic windows and Veneto-Byzantine patere and panels from the 12th and 13th centuries. It is one of the few palazzi which escaped the restructuring of the island in the 1800s.
phone: +39 041 739586address: Fondamenta Giustinian 8Housed in the large Palazzo Giustinian near the island's center. "Museo Vetrario" in Italian, offers a century-by-century tour of Venetian glass-making. Roman glass pieces dating to the 1st to 3rd cent AD. Largest collection of historical glass with pieces dating from the 15th to 20th centuries. A MUVE museum.
- Other glass-related attractions include the many glassworks, some Mediaeval and most open to the public.
- Glass Factories (fornaci). The best glass blowing factories are not open to tourists, but there are some factories that give demonstrations. Interesting to see if you have never seen a glass furnace.
Many souvenir shops try to pass off cheap Chinese counterfeit glass as real Murano glass. Murano Glass is very expensive to produce; don't expect to buy Original Murano Glass for a few euros. The Veneto Regional Government (Regione del Veneto) protects original Murano glassmaking. Always look for the Vetro Artistico Murano trademark decal on the objects and in the windows of shops and showrooms that sell authentic Murano glass in order to be sure that you are purchasing original Murano Glass.
Trattoria Busa alla Torre Da Lelephone: +39 041 739662address: Campo San Stefano 3A typical trattoria, frequented by both tourists and locals. Excellent food.
Ai Bisateiphone: +39 041 739 528address: Campo San Bernardo, 1Not an easy osteria to find but it is truly worth the detour for the kind service and cuisine.
phone: +39 0415274957address: Campiello Pescheria 4Nice and simple restaurant, also with al fresco dining in the small square. Friendly staff. Try the local specialties.
phone: +39 041 739655address: Fondamenta Vetrai 77Very nice place, very clean, friendly owner. Beautiful views from the balcony.
Al Soffiadoraddress: Viale Bressagio 10-11On the hotel premises is a restaurant. There are two buildings connected by a garden terrace. Each room has its own bathroom. 2 rooms are equipped to host disabled guests.
Hotel Locanda Conterieaddress: Calle Conterie 21All rooms have a private bathroom.
Beware of the scams offering to take you on a free boat ride to see the glassworks at Murano or Burano. Prices are grossly (300%+) overinflated, and the terms you are told in English will not match the terms in the contract written in Italian only. Don't fall for this scam.
- Venice is your hub on the way out to the mainland. Just hop on the waterbus, "vaporetto", to get back to Venice.