Visiting Murano

We suggest you to leave early in the morning, to enjoy the coolest hours and see Murano a less overcrowded. From Punta Sabbioni or Treporti the island is easy to reach with the ACTV line 12.

While navigating you’ll be immersed in a wonderful scenery, designed by the nature and well preserved by the man. Everything will look like an artist’s choreography: the flying of the birds, the the plants dancing in the wind, the sound of water and a glimpse of Venice in the distance.

The first thing you’ll see reaching the island is the Lighthouse of Murano, built in the Middle Ages, it was made of wood. It was entirely rebuilt in Istrian stone, in 1934. In its first version made of wood, the light was produced by fire at the top of the lighthouse and thanks to a play of mirrors the light reached the Harbour of the Lido and showed the way to the boats returning home.
It is still in use and definitely deserves a picture on its large steps, where old seafaring tales are still in the air.

First thing to do: have a good coffee in one of the bars the you find in the Calli (Alleys).
Now, you’re ready to look for a glass factory where you can admire the centuries-old art of glass blowing. The main glass factories advertise their mini-show of glass blowing by information signs hanged outside their factories.
Then continue toward the Glass Museum. Founded in 1861, it is housed in the Palazzo Giustinian, ancient residence of the Bishops of Torcello. Inside there are some wonderful display on the art and history of glassmaking through the centuries.

Murano Glass Museum​
Fondamenta Marco Giustinian 8
01/11 - 31/03 from 10:30 am to 16:30 pm

01/04- 31/10 from 10:30 am to 18:00 pm

And now, the best part of the day: lunch in a traditional Osteria! Take your time to enjoy the atmosphere of this peaceful island, and try the freshness of the products of the lagoon gardens, a taste experience that is worth making.

To work off the meal, we will take you for a walk in the most cultural part of the island. In fact, Murano is not only glass making, once there were 18 among churches, coventries and monasteries. After Napoleon Bonaparte only three churches remained, unfortunately the other churches were ransacked and destroyed. Today it’s still possible to see the ruins scattered among the small islands which composes Murano.

The first church we suggest you to visit is the Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato, also called Duomo di Murano, situated in the island of San Donato. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary initially, then it changed its name after the coming of the remains of the Saint Donato. Of venetian-byzantine style, a great importance has the mosaic pavement, similar to that of the Basilica of Saint Mark in Venice, and probably contemporary.

Second stop is the Church of San Pietro Martire. Its aspect from the outside is quite simple, but you will be astounded of the inside: in a mix of white and dark wood the church houses works by Tintoretto, Giovanni Bellini and Veronese, as well as a huge work depicting the “The last Supper” near the altar.

The third church surviving is the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Inside there are works by Palma il Giovane and Pordenone. The Church is situated in an isolated area, and you can visit it only by appointment, therefore we suggest to reach it only if you booked the visit, or if you still have a few minutes before getting on the boat and want to pass by to see it from the outside.

Ready with comfortable shoes and camera? Off you go!

Enjoy the visit of the island!

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