A Day Trip to Murano From Venice, Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy
On the way to Murano aboard a vaporetto

 

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.

A Day Trip to Murano
Justin & Lauren – on the vaporetto to Murano

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.

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy4A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

 

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.

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

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.

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

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.

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

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.”

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

A Day Trip to Murano Italy

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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25 Responses

  1. Sally@Toddlers on Tour
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    I love the look of this charming island. It looks so much calmer with less hustle and bustle of it’s big sister nearby. I wish I had of known about it back when I was travelling around Italy.

  2. Paula McInerney
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    Beautiful photography of a place that we enjoyed, particularly the glass blowing.

  3. Karen
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    I greatly enjoyed Murano when I visited, but it’s been ages, would love to go back. You took a lot of wonderful photos!

  4. Liz
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    Absolutely beautiful photography! Will definitely go to Murano next time I’m in Venice. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Those islands looks fantastic! The glass blowing demonstration must have been cool to see live and the blues in that outdoor sculpture are wonderful! Great post!

  6. Karla | karlaroundtheworld
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    I enjoyed Murano when I was there. Your photographs reminds me of my own trip there. Super nice.

  7. Rhonda Albom
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    Of all of the nearby places we didn’t visit when we went around the world, I think skipping Murano is the one I regret the most. Venice was so expensive, we just wanted to move on, and we did. Maybe one day I will get back there, but for now, I will travel vicariously through your inviting and beautiful photos.

  8. So harming!! Love these kinds of destinations for day trips, especially when they are away from the man attractions (like Venice) and the glass blowing demonstrations would be incredibly interesting!

  9. Jennifer Ryder Joslin
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    What a beautiful photo essay of Murano! Glass blowing has always fascinated me, and I love watching demonstrations. That Comet Glass Star is incredible! Looks well worth a visit!

  10. jen
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    You captured some wonderful photos of Murano. I’ve been there a few times and look forward to going again. The food is wonderful and I love the glass blowing demonstrations – great recommendations and information for anyone who is planning a visit!

  11. Tara
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    I LOVE Venice! Your photos are amazing!

  12. Anna
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    Murano is really picturesque! I think I stopped by when I visited Venice with a group many years ago, but then again I’m not so sure! What I do remember though is attending a glass blowing demonstration! It was beautiful!

  13. Meg Jerrard
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    Beautiful! Thanks for this, sounds like a really fab day trip from Venice. I spent only 2 days in Venice while in Italy last, though I would love to get back and take my husband who has not yet been. Thinking we’ll spend a little more time than 48 hours, and that should hopefully leave some days open for a trip to Murano too. Thanks for the fab post!

  14. Sophie
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    What a charming place and a great day trip away from Venice! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Mia
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    I just posted about our trip to Burano! We had a choice between the two islands and the vibrant colors of Burano won us over. Next time we’re in Venice we’re going to check out Murano. It looks like it has just as much charm as Burano. The glass blowing process is so cool to watch. We saw a few demonstrations and bought quite a few items to take home!

  16. Toccara
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    We loved Murano. You’re right… it’s a very photogenic island! So colorful. I loved the Comet Glass Star sculpture as well. It’s amazing what can be made out of glass.

  17. Julie
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    My favorite wedding gift was a hand blown wine decanter from Murano. My in-laws got it made there about 6 months before our wedding, and (fingers crossed!) it’s lasted many years since.

  18. Bryna
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    Wow, what great photos! I hope to make it out to Venice one day, and if I do I’ll be sure to try to fit Murano in. Your pasta looked delicious!

  19. Emmalene
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    We visited both Murano and Burano in June 2015, and loved both islands as much as we did Venice itself. However we were a little disappointed in the “hard sell” to see a glass-blowing demonstration as soon as we stepped off the vaporetto – billed as “free” until we got inside. It looks like you did the right thing by wandering round at your leisure and selecting the right demo and store!

    I did buy the cutest Santa Claus glass wine bottle stopper though :)

    Fab blog :)

  20. Michele {Malaysian Meanders}
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    We had a wonderful time walking around Murano. It was one of the reasons why our kids wanted to visit Italy, and I was happy to indulge them. We liked that big blue Comet Glass Star, too.

  21. Mary {The World Is A Book}
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    We loved Murano and Burano. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit too. We were there last November and sculpture wasn’t around so it must be fairly recent. We did the whole glass-blowing demo too and it’s amazing to see what they can make out of glass. Beautiful photos!

  22. Kimberley
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    There is just so much goodness on your blog I am really loving these photo essays! Youre both really inpiring! Again thank you for sharing another fabulous post!

  23. Retreat Hannah
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    Thank for the great post. I visted both islands and really enjoyed it. Probably my favourite part of my trip to Venice x

  24. I remember the first time I went to Venice being completely fascinated by Murano and its glass blowing masterpieces.

    Seeing live the whole glass making process has been by far one of the best things I’ve took part to when I was there.

    Not to mention the all the hidden places into the island.

    Thanks for sharing your experience!

  25. Stunning pictures! For me, visiting Murano when in Venice is a MUST as well. Looking at maestros making beautiful glass objects is somehing unique.

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