Murano (in latin "Amuriana") is an island in the Venetian Lagoon, located north-east of Venice, and was, like the island of Torcello and Burano, one of the major centers founded by the inhabitants of Altino in the year 453, when they fled from invasions of the Huns.
Like Venice, Murano is formed of seven islands in turn connected by bridges and its Grand Canal that runs through them, where many buildings are reflected: among which we mention the most characteristic, the Palazzo da Mula (Hall of Murano), dating the thirteenth century, with typical gothic facade.
Before the advent of Napoleon Bonaparte, on the island there were eighteen parishes, monasteries and convents.
Today, after all the historical events that made Murano a sharer, only three churches remain functional: Santa Maria e Donato, San Pietro Martire, Santa Maria degli Angeli; while the ruins of some other churches such as Santa Clara, San Maffio and Santo Stefano remain visible.
To these is to add the Oratory of San Giuseppe and Teresa with the nearby hospice Briati.
The most important church in Murano is the Santa Maria e Donato's Cathedral, who was born in the seventh century and was mainly dedicated to Santa Maria.
Then, in 1125, after the conquest of Kefalonia, there were placed the remains of San Donato.
An extremely curious characteristic of this island is the fact that it has its own lighthouse.
The Murano lighthouse is located in the Fondamenta Francesco Maria Piave (the beginning of the "Bressaggio Avenue") and is a cylindrical building made of Istrian stone.
Even if it has an internal position in the lagoon and it's so far from the sea, it has the role of enlightening the Venetian Lido's harbor mouth.
During the High Middle Ages, the lighthouse was made of wood and its function was to illuminate the Lagoon with fires lit.
The Murano's Glass Museum
The Glass Museum of Murano is located in Fondamenta Marco Giustiniani: built in gothic style, was the former residence of the Torcello'a bishops.
In 1805, after the fall of the Venetian Republic, the suppression of the diocese of Torcello and a severe crisis of the Murano glass, the building became the property of the Patriarchate of Venice until 1840 when it was sold to the town of Murano.
In 1861 was founded the Museum of Glass by Antonio Colleoni and Vincenzo Zanetti.
Inside you can admire vases, bowls, sculptures and especially the majestic chandeliers, of which the most impressive one, composed of sixty arms, was made by the masters Lorenzo Santi and Giovanni Fuga.
For a brief period it was also set up a school for the design and production of blown glass, where it was also taught the evolution of the techniques over the centuries.
The museum is part of the Venetian Civic Museums since 1923, the year of the annexation of the island to the city of Venice. It was also the seat of the Municipality of Murano, then transferred to the Palazzo da Mula.
Getting to Murano
For information on how to get to Murano you should visit the page "how to get to Burano". Infact the route to reach Murano from Venice, Murano, Treporti, Punta Sabbioni, Venice Lido or from the Marco Polo Airport (linked by Alilaguna) is the same that you undertake to visit Burano.
Visiting Murano from San Marco Square
To get to Murano from the beautiful Piazza San Marco in Venice, you can use an organized boat tour.
The boat trip to Murano takes about half a day, it's cheap, and it will take you through the various islands of the lagoon near Murano, as Burano and Torcello.
The half day excursion by boat can be booked online at this page: Venice islands tours.
We hope to please suggesting some facilities such as hotels, inns and bed & breakfast in Murano in order to help you find accommodation or rooms in Murano or nearby.
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The Venissa Hostel is located in Mazzorbo island, in the former mansion of a typical Venetian estate, surrounded by a walled vineyard of Dorona's grapes.
Venissa - Ostello di Mazzorbo, online reservation: you can book your room at the Bed and Breakfast "Venissa - Ostello di Mazzorbo" by clicking on its name and visiting its own page.
Where to buy the Original Murano Glass in Murano
In the globalized market has become very difficult to buy local crafts in places that you go to visit. Let us, therefore, to suggest the reliable shops where you can buy the authentic and original Murano glass objects and not imported.
Enjoy a little taste of the timeless atmosphere that you breathe in these places through a convenient and economic boat trip to the islands of the Venice Lagoon.
Departing from Venice, can be complicated for a tourist reaching Murano, Burano and Torcello by public transport, so we thought about comfortable tours of the islands which depart from the Santa Lucia train station in Venice, from Piazza San Marco and, in summer, also from Punta Sabbioni, the end of the Cavallino-Treporti coastline.
In our catalog there are various boat tours options: starting from the classic excursion to Burano, Murano and Torcello, up to the excursion to Murano and Burano with a fish-based lunch in a typical restaurant in Burano.
A novelty are also the tour of Burano, Murano and Venice starting from Punta Sabbioni and the daily excursion to Venice and its islands starting from Jesolo Lido.
In short, if you want to visit Murano and Burano, as well as Torcello and Venice, without sacrificing comfort, seating, explanation on board .... book online the boat trip that's right for you.
Choose the visit to the islands that you prefer, by pressing the button below to have access to our online catalog.
A tour to discover the Burano's lace-making and the Murano's glass blowing traditions on a leisurely 5-hour tour starting from Venice. Head into the Venetian lagoon to watch glass and lace-making demonstrations, with options to buy items at a discount.
If you are a "DIY tourist", who prefer to move freely without the comfort of our tours, you can get to Burano with the public vaporetto (Line 12). You can skip the line at the ticket offices buying the water bus tickets online.
In our section about the gondola tours in Venice, you can book the gondola ride you like directly online, starting from 31,00 €. If you are looking for a romantic evening in Venice and unforgettable, we recommend you the Venice Redentore in private gondola, the Historical Regatta in private gondola, or the gondola serenade.
Plan your weekend in Venice: take a ride in our section dedicated to museums, events, tours, attractions and hotels in Venice and lagoon islands.
Compose online your holiday package in Venice, adding to cart individual services and booking them all at once!
A stone's throw from the island of Burano, crossing the long bridge, you reach the Venissa estate: an agricultural paradise open to the public, formed by vegetable gardens, vineyards and two restaurants.