Everyone knows about Murano. All over the world when it comes to glass (artistic glass.) It is the first to come to mind. Murano Chandeliers adorn the most luxurious apartments all over the world and in the houses of fortunate Venetians. But Murano is also one of the more residential islands of the lagoon, which makes it a lively and bustling little city in Venice.
One of the easiest islands to reach with waterbus lines 4.1, 4.2 and 3 that connect it to Venice from the train station, Fondamenta Nuove and Lido. An island gem easily reached from everywhere. Even for this wonderful little island the rule “don’t just visit it superficially” applies. If in fact you are enthralled by all the little shops- often touristic- that line the Fondamenta dei Vetri when getting of the Colonna stop, you are seeing only a little part of what the island has to offer.
Murano is Big, but only when compared to the other islands of the Lagoon. This island is easily explored and not too tiring to visit by foot. Whether you get off on the vaporetto stops Colonna, Faro, or Navagero it will take you just a few minutes to get to the city center. Its not a bad idea to visit Murano for a stroll at sunset or an aperitif alongside a canal or a dinner of seafood on the Fondamenta Vetrai or Valmarana. Feel free to get lost, because it will be easy to find your way again; admire what’s left of the florid glass industry because Murano over the centuries has been considered the Furnace of numerous Glass factories; Enjoy the calmness and uniqueness of this little Venice.
You can take advantage of the marvelous Glass Museum and learn the history of this antique art that has been passed down from generations to generations or simply have a drink at the characteristic stand Chiosco da Poldo. You won’t be disappointed of the magnificent Sant Maria and San Donato Church, all perfect examples of the romance in the lagoon. See beautiful glass sculptures found around the island like the marvelous Cometa in Campo Santo Stefano.
Worth trying: book a guided tour in the Furnaces of Murano and see how the Made in Murano products are created. (make sure any purchased items have an authenticity certificate, you can get more details on http://www.promovetro.com/visite-guidate/) ; for an alternative visit, try treading the water of the canals on kayak, you won’t be disappointed. http://www.venicebywater.com/