Murano is an archipelago in the Venetian lagoon, the islands of which are interconnected by bridges. It is located 1.5 km north of Venice and is in its administrative subordination. According to the latest census, about 5 thousand people live here permanently.
The first inhabitants of these places were the Romans. Then, in the 6th century, in their place came the peoples of Altinum and Oderzo. In those years, Murano was a thriving fishing port, salt was mined here, and, starting from the 11th century, the local population began to move to the area of modern Dorsoduro, and the island began to decline. But at the same time, hermits from the Order of the Camaldul occupied one of the islands of the archipelago and founded the monastery of San Michele di Murano, which later became the center of education and printing. The famous cartographer Fra Mauro, whose maps were used by the greatest European explorers and travelers, was a novice of this monastery. In 1810, San Michele di Murano was abolished, and the monks were expelled. Today, the former monastery lands are occupied by the main cemetery of Venice.
In 1291, a turning point in the history of Murano occurred - all glassblowers of Venice were relocated to this island. This isolation was caused by the desire of the Venetians to keep the secret of glass production from competitors. In addition, the heated furnaces of workshops could cause fires, so they had to be isolated territorially. It is interesting that glassblowers had incredible privileges, for example, their daughters could marry Venetian aristocrats, but at the same time the masters themselves were strictly forbidden to leave Murano. In the 14th century, glass produced at Murano was exported, and for some time the island became the main glass factory in Europe.
In 1861, the Museum of Glass was opened in the building of the Palazzo Giustinian, which acquaints tourists with the history of the origin and development of this craft. You can also buy souvenirs of amazing beauty there, because Murano glass has long been one of the symbols of Venice. The island has several large factories, the most famous of which is considered Formia. Other attractions in Murano include the Cathedral of Santi Maria e Donato, famous for its 12th-century Byzantine frescoes, the church of San Pietro Martire and the Palazzo da Mula.
How to get to the island of Murano (Isola di Murano)
The fastest way is option No. 3. The terminal “C” is sent from P.le Roma pier, it is the farthest, first go A, B, G, F, E, D, and the C we need is missing and the feeling that you’re walking not there. Do not worry, it is at the very end and pointers hang everywhere.
The journey takes 20 minutes or 2 stops. We leave at the Murano Colonna station
It is best to arrive on the island of Murano (Isola di Murano) early in the morning, until there is an influx of tourists.
By noon, a quiet and calm island, reminiscent of little Venice, is filled with a large number of people, and you have to wade through the crowd in places.
You just need to walk around the island. I do not recommend going to the Murano Glass Museum (Museo del Vetro) if you do not have a subscription to 11 museums.
You can visit the Murano Glass Demo. Go straight out of the vaporetto. You will see an arch with shops, and behind it a gate with the inscription:
Entrance is paid, usually you need to wait until the people are typed.
I concluded that the best entertainment on the island of Murano is a walk through the streets and shops in search of souvenirs home from the famous glass.
Indeed, various exhibitions - shops will meet you on the way absolutely free, where you can enjoy a work of art and if you want to buy something.
Murano Island Route: From Arrival Pier - Murano Colonna to Departure Pier - Murano Faro:
From Murano Faro Pier, we go to F.te Nove Station at number 13 or number 4.2. The journey takes 9 and 15 minutes, respectively.
Further our path lies in the Cannaregio area.
This area is fundamentally different from the previous two (Dordosudo and San Marco). It is here that you can feel the real Venice, leisurely stroll through the streets without a crowd of tourists, dive into the first walkway and end up in a dead end in a clean little courtyard. View from the side how the Venetians live, and continue your planned route.
Itinerary in the Cannaregio area: Fondamente Nove - Calle Varisco - Santa Maria dei Miracoli - Cathedral of Santi Giovanni - Al Mascaron (lunch) - Campo Santa Maria Formosa - Santa Maria della Fava - Rialto Bridge
Santa Maria dei Miracoli
Address: Campiello dei Miracoli, 30121 Cannareggio, Venezia VE, Italy
The church is also called Marble, and its appearance resembles a mosaic, since marble of different shades is used. It was built in the 15th century for the miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Nicolo di Pietro.
Monday through Saturday
from 10.30 to 16.30 (entrance closes at 16.00)
Cost of visit:
Adult - 3,5 Euro
Santi Giovanni Cathedral (Campo dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo)
Address: Castello, 6363, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
The largest church in Venice. She conquers with her grandeur and interior decoration. The church building is adjacent to the hospital.
The basilica is open every day of the year from 7.30 to 19.00.
- weekdays from 9:00 to 18:00
- Holidays from 12.00 to 18.00
* On Christmas and Easter holidays, the Basilica closes from 12.30 to 16.00.
Cost of visit:
Adult - 2.5 Euro
Where to eat cheap in Venice
I suggest you on the way to look into a wonderful place - Osteria Al Mascaron and try real Italian pasta with homemade wine.
Address: Calle Lunga Santa Maria Formosa, 5225, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
Monday through Saturday
12:00 - 15:00 and 19:00 - 23:00
Campo Santa Maria Formosa
Address: Castello, 5263, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
A large, but at the same time very cozy square with the church of the same name and a well in the center. It is pleasant to spend time here watching the life of local residents.
Santa Maria della Fava
Address: Campo della Fava, 30100 Castello, Venezia VE, Italy
From the Cannaregio area, we smoothly moved to the Castello area with very dense buildings. And such a magnificent facade of the church of Santa Maria della Fava here looks unexpected.
Inside is spacious and bright. You can see the work: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo "The Education of Our Lady" and "The Apparition of Our Lady to St. Philip Neri" Piazzetta
Cost of visit:
Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto)
Address: Sestiere San Polo, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
The most famous bridge of Venice. Crowds of tourists at any time of the day or night. But this is not surprising, because the bridge itself is amazing, it must certainly be seen with your own eyes.
Then we drove home to the Vaparetto, as the next day we were waiting for an equally exciting acquaintance with Verona. You can go for a walk on a gondola if you have not done so already or visit those places that you could not cover the previous day.
Read also other articles of this journey:
Murano - island of glass magic
We recommend starting the tour from the largest island. World-renowned glassblowers create unique works of art here. Products are so perfect that they are in demand all over the world. For this reason, the island of glassblowers Murano attracts a constant flow of tourists.
Not everyone knows how to get to the island of Murano. The easiest way is to use a special water taxi (vaporetto). But there is a cheaper option - roomy boats will offer a lower price, but you will have to wait until the necessary number of people is gathered.
If you will be part of a tourist group, be sure to hear the interesting history of this place. At one time, in order to avoid increased fire hazard, the Venice authorities decided in 1291 to transfer the manufacture of glass to a separate island. Besides this reason, there was another one - to preserve the monopoly of creating unique jewelry. Masters were forbidden to leave the workshops, and knowledge was passed down from generation to generation. Murano, an island near Italy, remained a forbidden territory for other people to visit. Only trusted ship owners supplied residents with the necessary supplies, delivered coal and food, and glass products were taken back.
Gradually, interest in glass products was weakening, but the 1860s saw the second stage of the flourishing of glass craftsmanship. In the next 50 years, world-class workshops were founded, which to this day offer customers exquisite glass products.
What can a tourist count on?
More than one tourist avenue decorates the photos of Murano Island, and those who want to buy real Venetian glass at an affordable cost come here first of all. The fact is that exactly the same products in Venice itself at a price will be two or three times more expensive. And outside of Italy, their value begins to grow exponentially.
During a walk, be sure to visit the workshops in which you can observe the work of the master: how incredible work of the figurine, exquisite dishes or expensive household items are gradually created from ordinary glass in a liquid state. And in the next shop you can buy ready-made souvenirs for memory.
Having enjoyed glass art, it is worth seeing other attractions of the island of Murano:
- Santi Maria e Donato Cathedral is one of the historical places of worship built on the islands of the Mediterranean Sea. The first mention of the cathedral dates from the 7th century. In the 12-14 centuries, famous masters decorated the floor with a unique mosaic. A variety of animals and birds are realistically laid out on the floor by the hand of a master. Not far from the cathedral is the bell tower of the 13th century.
- The Church of San Pietro Martire is a Renaissance pride. It was at that time that Giovanni Bellini put his hand to the creation of the altar "Madonna and Child among the Saints." No less interesting is the painting by Paolo Veronese entitled "Saint Jerome in the Desert."
- Murano Island is an island of glass, it attracts tourists from all over the world. In order not to miss the most interesting, it is best to book an excursion with a Russian-speaking guide. In addition, he will tell you at what time it is better to visit museums and retail stores, so that there are fewer tourists.
Burano - the kingdom of lace
Next to Murano is another fabulous island - Burano, which is also famous for its craftsmen. The famous lace from the island of Burano has been known since the 16th century. It all started quite prosaically: men, whose main business was fishing, disappeared from the morning until late at night. The women had a lot of free time, and to help the family, they began to try themselves in lace weaving. Hard work and perseverance soon turned ordinary housewives into real craftswomen.
Today, the island of Burano in Venice is an inexhaustible fount of Venetian lace. The best products adorn not only ordinary women, but also representatives of the most influential people in Europe, Asia and America. Unique outfits are valued so dearly that not everyone can afford to buy even a small napkin — the fineness, accuracy and uniqueness of handmade work have always been rated very highly.
Tourists in Burano have something to see:
- the best lace museum called Museo del Merletto,
- church bell tower in an inclined state,
- for lovers of architecture - the church of St. Martin, built in the 16th century,
- lovers of fine art - the original Tiepolo “The Crucifixion” of 1725.
Even a walk along the narrow streets with quaint houses will bring a lot of positive emotions.
You can get from Venice to the island of Burano by regular boat or use the services of a water taxi.
Unlike the island of Murano, whose jewelry attracts quite a lot of tourists, Torcello will not be able to boast world-class masters or striking sights.
The local population of Venice prefers to relax here from the noisy and motley crowd of tourists. Tourists can do the same - pay 5-10 lire for a ticket and get here with the locals.
When preparing for your trip, try to grab a camera with you and sail to Torcello in the morning or in the evening. It is during these hours that you can make the most memorable shots. Better yet, book a tour - then you definitely won’t miss anything interesting and important. For example, you will see:
- the throne of Lord Atilla made of stone
- one of the oldest cathedrals of Santa Maria Assunta, with the exact date of construction of the year 639,
- inconspicuous but very expressive cathedral of Santa Fosca.
There is another important attraction here - the local restaurant Lokando Cipriani. He is famous for the fact that in his walls he once loved Hemingway to rest. You can wander along the same streets and bridges of the island where the great writer walked, be filled with positive energy and continue your journey with renewed vigor.
Important subtleties of visiting the islands
The islands of the Venetian lagoon of Burano and Murano are very compact on the map, and the trip does not take much time. The best option for visiting all interesting and vibrant places is a tour of the excursion program in Venice. Guides always take into account the working hours of water transport, museums, as well as lunch breaks.
To avoid problems at the airport, we recommend that you keep all receipts for souvenirs purchased. Especially if the purchase is quite expensive. Customs officers may have suspicions, and the presence of a check fully proves the legal origin of the purchase and allows its export from the country.
A visit to Venice is an unforgettable experience that will remain in your memory for a long time, and vivid photographs will retain the beauty you have seen.