Murano: the island of art-glass

Murano is one of the best-known islands in the lagoon of Venice, famous all over the world for its beautiful glassware and for the fine art of glassmaking. This tiny island of 5000 people, many of whom are direct descendants of famous glassmaking families, is rich in culture and tradition and it is definitely a location to consider for lovers of art, fine craftsmanship or simply to enjoy breathtaking views on the Venetian lagoon. So do not miss to visit Murano during your stay at Ca’Savio: this island offers a lot to see!

Glass Museum – Fondamenta Giustinian 8

If you are interested in the art of glass making, the Glass Museum is for you.

Located in a palace of 17th century, it displays varieties of glass from as far back as Egyptian times and collections donated by local artisans in the second half of the 19th century, when production in the area reached its peak.

Glass Museum Murano

Glass Museum Murano

Basilica of St. Mary and St. Donato – Campo San Donato 11

Dating from the 7th century, the Basilica of St. Mary and St. Donato is the Duomo for Murano Island. While many churches contain the bones of saints, this basilica contains more than just the relice of St. Donato. Suspended behind the altar are four rib bones, measuring more than 1 meter long, that according to legend, came from a dragon that St. Donato slew in Greece. The Duomo, made of brick and marble, features also a highly detailed mosaic flooring, paintings inspired by Byzantine art and a tall bell tower.

Murano - Duomo

Murano – Duomo

Palazzo da Mula – Fondamenta da Mula

This palace, a luxurious summer residence of the Venetian patricians, is one of the last remaining examples of Venetian Gothic architecture. It is a wonderful building dating back to the Renaissance. As opposed to many palaces in Venice, Palazzo da Mula, boasts a courtyard and a garden, very rare in this city built on the sea.

Murano Palazzo da Mula

Murano – Palazzo da Mula

St. Peter the Martyr Church – Campo Santo Stefano

Located in Campo Santo Stefano, the largest square of Murano, St. Peter the Martyr Church was built in 1506 and features some peculiar aspects of Renaissance art and hosts beautiful paintings by Tintoretto and Bellini.

Murano – san Pietro Martire

The lighthouse

Murano’s white lighthouse, dating to 1934, is a distinctive island landmark. It’s not open to the public, but it worth to be seen even only from outside.

Murano faro

Murano – lighthouse

Grand Canal

Just like Venice, also Murano has its Grand Canal that splits the town in two parts. Here the Grand Canal is smaller than in Venice and it is crossed by Ponte Vivarini – called by the residents “Ponte Lungo” (“Long Bridge”).

Murano Canal Grande

Murano Canal Grande

Glassmaking factories and glass souvenirs

Visiting the glassmaking factories is probably the most popular activity for tourists in Murano. When deciding to see glass-making demonstrations, please note that the top art glass workshops do not offer glass-making demonstrations to tourists as they consider it a distraction from their main business. By the way, you can find some factories that offer demonstrations allowing you to experience glassmaking for yourself. Please remember that glassmaking involves the use of furnaces, so if you are planning a visit in June or July (most of them are closed in August) – we suggest you to dress lightly. Wish to buy an original souvenir from Murano? Look for the “Vetro Murano Artistico” trademark decal on the shop windows that sell glass items: you will buy the authentic Murano glass and not a cheap Chinese counterfeit!

glassmaking Murano

Murano Glassmaking factory

Are you planning to visit Murano, but you do not know how to reach it from Ca’Savio? It is easy! You need only to reach by bike, by car or by bus the pier of Punta Sabbioni or Treporti (around 4 km). From both piers you can take a waterbus (line 12 ACTV) to Murano. The ticket costs 7,50€ (per person/one way). Children under 6 years old are free of charge.

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