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Where in the world: Europe  /  Italy  /  Veneto  /  Province of Venice  /  City of Venice  /  Murano

Top 15 things to do in Murano

1. Church of Santa Maria e San Donato

The Church of Santa Maria e San Donato is a religious edifice located in Murano, northern Italy. It is known for its twelfth century Byzantine mosaic pavement and is said to contain the relics of Saint Donatus of Arezzo as well as large bones behind the altar said to be the bones of a dragon slain by the saint.
The church is one of the oldest in the Venetian lagoon. It was originally built in the 7th century and is known to have been rebuilt in the 9th century and in 1040 AD, although it is possible that there have been more rebuildings in later times.
Development of the interiors of the church and valuable relics are related to the legendary quarreling between the parishes of this church and neighboring church of St. Stefano which lasted up to 1125, when Doge Domenico Michele established the dominance of Santa Maria church by storing the relics of St. Donatus of Arezzo in it.
The church and its bell tower are built of dark red-brown brick, without plastering. The bell tower stands separately. The main entrance to the church faces west, but the most impressive facade is the colonnaded east side, which faces a canal.
The colourful stone mosaic floor of the church, including the yoked "cocks on the floor of San Donato, in Murano, who are carrying a fox" dates from around 1140, and bears superficial repairs. The relics of San Donato are located in a marble sarcophagus.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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2. Isola di Murano

Visit Isola di Murano, a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian lagoon, to see the area's world-famous artistic glass pieces. You can easily explore the 10 islands on foot. As you do, keep an eye out for the ancient furnace houses used to fire glass. Learn about the owners, participate in interactive presentations, and see the raw materials used to create the glass artwork. You will find all current glass workshops in Murano after a decree was warranted to move all glass-working shops to the area to avoid an outbreak of fires. Don't be afraid to ask locals about the fascinating history and their trade. Some other notable attractions here include Gothic and ancient churches like the SS. Maria e Donato, dating back to 1140, as well as the Murano Glass Museum. Consider buying a piece of the local trade, but only if you can ensure very careful handling of your luggage.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $5 › Learn more about Isola di Murano

3. Museo del Vetro

Museo del Vetro offers information on the history of glass, the local craft and art with many centuries of history in Murano, as well as glass-blowing demonstrations. You can even see glass from more than a thousand years ago. Contained in a 17th-century palace built for the bishops of Torcello, the building overlooks the Grand Canal of Murano. Consider using the Venice pass to visit this museum. During renovation, displays may be limited.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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4. Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Explore three famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon – Murano, Torcello and Burano – on a half-day sightseeing excursion by motorboat. Accompanied by a local guide, you'll stop at a glass-blowing factory on Murano, visit Venice's first cathedral on the tranquil island of Torcello and shop for handcrafted lace on Burano. This morning or afternoon tour is a great introduction to the magical islands around the medieval city of Venice and its enclosed bay in the Adriatic Sea.Deaprtures every day from San Marco Giardinetti or Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station (departure time is set 30 minutes before the indicated departure time)
Suggested duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Tours from $28 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Cometa di Vetro

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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6. New Murano Gallery

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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8. Murano & Burano Islands Guided Small-Group Tour by Private Boat

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Cruise the Venetian Lagoon by private water taxi and meet the artisans keeping Venice’s traditional crafts alive. You’ll see demonstrations of traditional glassblowing on the island of Murano, and traditional lacemaking on Burano. The tour includes discounts on souvenirs from both demonstration workshops. Both islands have plenty to see, and you’ll have ample time to explore.
Suggested duration: 5 hours
Tours from $43 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. VMA - Vetreria Murano Arte s.r.l.

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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10. Vetreria Artistica Colleoni

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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11. Gino Mazzuccato Murano Glass

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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12. Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano lace island

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Meet you local guide in Venice city center, then board a private boat and admire the lagoon of Venice. Stop in Murano island to see S. Maria and Donato Cathedral followed by an old glass factory visit. Afterwards stop in Burano island and explore the lace island
Suggested duration: 5 hours
Tours from $38 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Chiesa di San Pietro Martire

San Pietro Martire is a Roman catholic parish church in Murano, near Venice, northern Italy.
The church was edificated in 1348 along with a Dominican convent, and was originally dedicated to St. John the Baptist. In 1474 a fire razed it to the ground and in 1511 it was rebuilt to the current appearance.
It was closed on 1806, a few years after the fall of the Republic of Venice, and reopened in 1813. It is currently one of the two main parish churches in the island of Murano.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $68 › Learn more about Chiesa di San Pietro Martire

14. The Glass Cathedral - Santa Chiara

A restored medieval church, The Glass Cathedral - Santa Chiara allows visitors to see and purchase authentic Murano glass, as well as a chance to attend live demonstrations of glass making. If you time your visit correctly, you may even be able to attend a live musical or theater performance. You'll find information about available tours and opportunities to host an event at the church on the website. If you're looking for a special gift or memento of your trip, consider purchasing something from the varied Murano glass collection--your options include everything from grand chandeliers to elegant jewelry and drinking glasses.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
Tours from $8 › Learn more about The Glass Cathedral - Santa Chiara

15. Private Excursion by Typical Venetian Motorboat to Murano, Burano and Torcello

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Visit the most beautiful islands of the lagoon: Murano, Burano and Torcello. A private boat tour with friendly guide and driver will let you discover the best of Venice like a local.You will reach the island of Murano with possibility either to visit a glass factory or to stroll around its quiet streets. Then you will reach Burano, a fisherman island with picturesque houses and great local biscuits. The last island of the tour will be Torcello, with the first Basilica of Venice.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $197 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

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