Murano Island in Venice

Murano, Venice's "Glass Island"

If you are looking for one of the most beautiful and magical islands in Italy, you must head to Murano, an island rich in history and art famous for glass-making.


Where is Murano?

Formerly called Amuranium, the island of Murano is located northeast of Venice, opposite Fondamente Nuove (Venetian street overlooking the lagoon), and is easily reached by vaporetto (the public boat service). Or you can choose from a variety of guided tours and discover the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello by boat.

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History of Murano

The island of Murano, along with other islands in the Lagoon, was a safe haven for the Venetians fleeing barbarian invasions. In 1295 the Republic declared that all glass furnaces in Venice would move to Murano in order to prevent fires in the city.


Murano, the Island of Venice famous for glassblowing

girl inside a shop in venice with a murano glass in her hand

Murano had its own "arengo" (council) until the end of the Venetian Republic and its decisions made laws on the island.

It also had a "golden book" where native families could register for such special privileges that a Venetian nobleman could marry the daughter of a master glassmaker without losing his title.

The art of glassblowing made Murano famous all over the world. The Republic placed so much value on the secrets of glass that Master Glassmakers could leave the city only after receiving special permission from the Council.



What to see on Murano Island?

The island seems to be a small Venice due to its shape. It is crossed by canals and bridges connecting the smaller islands of which Murano is made; its central part is crossed by the "Canale degli Angeli". Its villas and gardens have been important venues for social life and literary gatherings.


child with magnifying glass in murano glass museumGlass Museum

Tourists can learn about the history of Murano and glassblowing by visiting the Glass Museum. Among the most important artifacts showcased in the Museum don’t miss the Barovier Cup, attributed to Angelo Barovier, a master glassmaker of the 15th century (and dating back to the 1400s), and the Hall of Honor, furnished with three large blown 19th-century glass chandeliers.




Visit to a real Murano glass furnace

Tourists can visit the furnaces and thus witness the glassblowing technique handed down from master glassmakers. “Murrine” are other glass artifacts, small pieces of glass made from small colored glass paste canes that are assembled together to create beautiful random designs.




close-up of the hands of a Murano glassmaker working blown glass in a furnaceLessons from a master glassmaker

Would you like to create your own work made of glass? In Murano you can discover the secrets of glassmaking and take the opportunity to create your own work together with a famous master glassmaker!




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