Exploring Murano ~ The Island Of Glass

No trip to Venice is complete without stops on the islands of Burano and Murano. Burano is like a fairytale, a small island in the northern part of the Venetian lagoon most famous for its gorgeous lace and brightly-coloured houses.  Murano is an island known for it’s glass, a craft that has been done for more than 700 years,  and is the perfect place to spend a sunny morning.

When visiting the more famous Venice, you can take a short boat trip and explore both places in one day.  This is most easily accomplished by jumping on the Vaporetto (water bus) or a sleek water taxi.  Our family of four took a quick and gorgeous water taxi straight from our hotel door to a glass factory situated on the island of Murano.  Here we were treated to a mesmerizing glass making demonstration.

A small crowd of entranced tourists watched as the glass artist quickly took a scalding hot piece of glass and before our very eyes transformed it into a piece of art.  Can you guess what he turned that blob into in less than 1 minute and 3o seconds?  I bet it won’t take you very long to figure out one of this artists favourite things to create.

The standards of this glass factory are very high, and should the artist not be happy with his completed piece, back into the ovens it goes.  Following the demonstration it was time for a more in-depth tour.  This large warehouse style factory is one of  several on the island that offers free demonstrations to the thousands of tourists that flock there each year.  The catch?  At the end you are given a very personal tour of the many floors of gorgeous glass work, all for sale.  This tour includes a well rehearsed sales pitch strongly encouraging you to purchase your very own piece of true Murano glass.

After you’ve made your purchase.  And how could you not?  We were warmly thanked and set free to explore the rest of the island.

Here are few things to do while on the island of Murano:

  • Take a walking tour on your own. Much like the city of Venice, Murano has a Grand Canal that runs down the centre and the island is quite walkable.
  • Browse the countless number of glass stores.  Bring your cash, you are sure to find some glorious souvenirs to take home.
  • Don’t miss the 1 Euro Glass Shop!  It’s like no “Dollar Store” you’ve ever seen.

  • Stop by Campo Santo Stefano, the city square.  This area is known for the large 19th century clock tower in the background and the blue glass comet set in the middle of the square.  A marvel, glistening in the sunlight and to my understanding even more spectacular at night.

  • Directly behind the sculpture is the Church of St. Stephen.
  • Take in the architecture and flooring (yes the intricate mosaic floors!) at the gorgeous Duomo di Murano Santi Maria e Donato.  A welcoming Church and calm place to escape the heat and crowds of summer.

When you’re done your wander around the relatively quiet island, grab the next water bus and head out on your next adventure.

Happy Travels!


  1. I can’t believe how fast and confident he is! I’d break everything I touched. HA

  2. Amy Heffernan says:

    It looks very beautiful here. Many adventures I bet to do!

  3. Brenda A says:

    I LOVE glass. The feel, the process. I recently did a glass blowing workshop and it was amazing!

  4. tammy ta says:

    This is so cool-amazing what they can do!

  5. Clair Palmer says:

    woah so cool and amazing

  6. Looks like such a neat place to go! 🙂

  7. Laurie P says:

    that would be so fascinating to watch!

  8. loucheryl says:

    This is so pretty! I love all things glass. That blue glass comet is stunning!

  9. nicoleroannef says:

    I’ve been. Once of my best memories from my trip

  10. Luzviminda Gunter-Smith says:


  11. kristen visser says:

    what a great experience that would of been and talk about pure talent!

  12. It amazes me how talented some people are! A neat experience, for sure!

  13. Tania B says:

    Holy crow that comet is incredible! I have been to glass-blowing shops but certainly not anything Murano. Beautiful!

  14. That is some very creative work. We would love to visit there someday, just for the glass work alone.

  15. kathy downey says:

    What an amazing comet,just beautiful

  16. So cool! Incredible what they can make with glass. Simply stunning.

  17. Melinda Jana says:

    glass making is such a cool art!

  18. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    That blue glass comet, the centre piece in the square is absolutely gorgeous.

  19. Kristi F says:

    I would really love the go see the Murano glass factory one day! Your pictures are great.

  20. Glass art is so cool. I love watching the process. So many beautiful pieces.

  21. Cheryl H says:

    Looks,stunning there

  22. Amazing glass work being done there. It would be great to visit and see it first hand.

  23. Wow! This looks so cool. I would love to see this live 🙂

  24. Debbie WhiteBeattie says:

    This place is amazing and there must be so many beautiful things to see and the glass sculpture above is gorgeous.
    The video is so cool and the resulting piece is amazing !

  25. The outdoor glass sculpture is beautiful,but I can’t imagine it lasting very long around here :(.

  26. Such beautiful glass pieces – and I have a couple of lovely pieces of jewellery as well!

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