On our vacation to Italy, we had three days to spend in Venice. I highly recommend that you set one day aside to travel to the outlying islands. We took a day trip to Murano and Burano, dividing our time between both places. While Burano is known for its lace and its brightly colored buildings, Murano is a completely unique and charming spot. Though this island is famous for its glass, there are lots of things to do there that don’t involve glass making. With that said, I do suggest that you check out some of the glass blowing demonstrations.
How To Get There
To reach the island, take a vaporetto to the Fondamente Nove stop and transfer to line 12. The boarding area is just beyond the Donà Bridge. The first stop on line 12 is the island of Murano. If you stay on the boat, you’ll eventually reach Burano.
A Day Trip to Murano
One of my favorite things to do there was simply walk around and explore. Be sure to have your camera ready as there are plenty of photogenic scenes everywhere you look. We walked up and down the canals and peered into shop windows. While Burano might be famous for its rainbow of houses, Murano is a gorgeous place in its own right. We spent most of our time here wandering around and we stumbled upon some of the prettiest views.
Attend a Glass Blowing Demonstration
Along our walk, we saw a sign for “Fornace” (furnace) on Calle S. Cipriano street. It was a glass making factory offering free glass blowing demonstrations. Though we stood for a little while in a line up, it was worth the wait. We saw a master glass making artist construct a couple of different pieces, including a vase and a glass horse. It was fascinating to watch him sculpt the glass into various shapes with ease and precision. After the demonstration, we were escorted into an adjoining shop where glass works were sold. There was no pressure to purchase anything. While we didn’t buy anything, this could be a great spot to purchase gifts for loved ones back home. However, if you don’t decide to purchase anything in this particular shop, you can find it all over the island. Actually, you can find this authentic glass all over Venice.
Take a Break for a Meal
After a while, we were hungry for some lunch. We managed to find a restaurant that had vegetarian and vegan food that didn’t break the budget. Justin and I dined at Trattoria al Corallo and we were delighted to find a separate vegetarian menu there The restaurant itself had a rustic style with wood paneling covering the walls. The food was very yummy and satisfying. We ordered two different kinds of pasta: one was a spaghetti al pomodoro and the other was a pasta made with garlic, olive oil, and hot peppers.
Check Out a Mask Shop
We didn’t find only glass and souvenir stores. We visited one of the mask shops that had tons of beautiful masks for sale. You will find lots of stores selling masks in Venice, too. They were artfully decorated in many different colors and styles.
Campo Santo Stefano
We visited this central square and you really should, too. You can’t miss it as its one of the largest squares on the island. There was a gigantic blue glass sculpture flanked by a tall clock tower. The glass work was called “Comet Glass Star” and it was created by the master glass artist, Simone Cenedese. He has his own glass studio and gallery as well. There was a quote beside the work by Cenedese, “There is a part of me in each piece of mine, there are fragments of stars scattered throughout the universe.”
When you visit Venice, set a day aside to travel to Murano and Burano. We spent a couple of hours at each island, which was plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere at our own pace.
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