Murano, one of the islands surrounding Venice, is a world-known destination. Known for its incredible glassmaking craft, Murano attracts many travelers. It is the second-largest island in the Venetian Lagoon, consisting of seven smaller islands linked by bridges. So, let's explore why everyone should visit this wonderful island! 

Getting there

It takes less than an hour to get from Venice to Murano by vaporetto. Moreover, you can get a free ride from San Marco, provided by some of the island's glass factories. These places require you to see a 20-minute demonstration at the factory, but that's more of a benefit than a chore. You can use our interactive Venice map and plan a perfect Murano itinerary


Originally, Murano was an area known for fishing and salt production. However, in the 15th and 16th centuries, talented glassmakers from Venice settled on the island. This changed the history of Murano forever. In 1924, Murano became a part of Venice, and until 1950, it managed to be the world's monopoly in glass forging. Artists who created extraordinary glass pieces had unprecedented status and privileges. It was so prestigious that Venetian nobles married the daughters of the glassmakers. Glassmakers who tried to set up their businesses elsewhere got killed. Venice officials wanted to protect the traditional techniques and trade secrets of the Murano glass. 

Why you should visit

Glass factories and shops

Strolling through Murano's narrow streets and colorful houses is a pleasing experience. But a guided tour at a glass factory is unforgettable. These factories are the main attraction for Murano visitors. You'll stumble upon workshops with exhibition areas where you can see how the artists create their glassworks. Maybe they won't show you all the tricks of the trade, but it's a one-of-a-kind sight. In almost every factory, the demonstration is free of charge, and the vendors will try to sell you their products at any cost. Remember that you don't have to buy anything if you don't want to.

Murano Glass Museum

To dive deeper into the history of glassmaking, visit the Murano Glass Museum. While touring the museum, you'll explore different types of glass art and various techniques. The collection at the Murano Glass Museum showcases objects from ancient times to the 20th century.

Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato or Duomo of Murano

If you can spend a whole day in Murano, we recommend seeing Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato. This minor Basilica, or Duomo of Murano, is a Venetian Byzantine-style church. It is also one of the most ancient Venice churches. Inside the Basilica, you'll find mesmerizing mosaics and even relics of the dragon!