Murano, Island of the Artistic Glass

by Romena Brugnerotto
Murano

Murano is famous throughout the world for its production of artistic glass, a tradition that dates back to a very distant past.

The history of glassmaking in Venice is strictly connected to this island. All authentic glassworks from Venice, actually come from Murano since late 1200. Although glass was originally produced in all areas of Venice, a decision was made at the end of the 13th century to move the glass factories to the city’s furthest island, to prevent the outbreak of fires caused by the furnaces.
While strolling through the island, you will be struck by the vast array of glass works on display. However, don’t be fooled, before making a purchase read our guide on how to buy the best Murano glass.

Glass Factory Tours

Many glass blowing factories and exhibition spaces offer visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the masters sculpting and blowing delicate, colourful glass works of art, accompanied by explanations regarding time-honoured glass blowing techniques.

Murano has numerous glass factories, boasting an age-old history, like the one of Barovier&Toso, which is the sixth oldest family-run company in the world, and is still operative today; or the Venini, which has become an internationally renowned brand and has collaborated with designers of the likes of Giò Ponti, Mimmo Rotella, Gaetano Pesce, Gae Aulenti, Ettore Sottsass, Matteo Thun, Fabio Novembre or Flo Perkins.

The Inside Murano Glass Tour takes visitors into the ateliers of some of the island’s best known contemporary glassmakers where, in addition to admiring the work, they can also purchase custom-made products.

A glass blowing factory, photo credits David Dibert
A glass blowing factory, photo credits David Dibert

A Panoramic Drink

The terrace of hotel LaGare in Murano, photo credits IGer @camilunacardenas
The terrace of hotel LaGare in Murano, photo credits IGer @camilunacardenas

Before leaving the island, you can relax and drink a cup of coffee on the terrace of the Hotel LaGare, an intimate space overlooking Murano’s Grand Canal. The Hotel is located juststeps from the Glass Museum, which tells the story of this exclusive artistic technique with a stunning display of unique pieces.

Nearby Destinations

It’s now time to leave the island and perhaps head to Torcello, where the history of Venice began.
And then Burano, the coloured island of lace artisans.

The Church of Santa Maria Assunta on the Island of Torcello photo credits AnRo0002 under c.c 1.0 licence
The Church of Santa Maria Assunta on the Island of Torcello photo credits AnRo0002 under c.c 1.0 licence

INFORMATION

HOW TO REACH IT:

  • From Santa Lucia Railway Station or from Piazzale Roma: vaporetto line 4.2, departing every 20 minutes.
  • From San Marco Monumento: vaporetto 4.1, departing every 20 minutes.
  • From Fondamenta Nuove: vaporetto 4.1 or 4.2 departing every 10 minutes.

GPS: 45.45898, 12.35234

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