Wondering what to see and do in Murano Venice?
There is no doubt that Murano is one of the top places to visit in Venice, especially if you have in mind buying Venetian glass.
Murano is located north of Venice, and it’s just a short ride on a vaporetto or water taxi, which makes a visit to the Island of Murano so convenient.
Buying Murano Glass
One of the most popular things to do in Murano Venice is without a doubt, buying Murano glass products such as chandeliers and jewelry beads.
Most of Murano’s glass factories are located right along Murano’s main street, and the good thing is that you can step right inside many of these factories for free to see Murano’s glassmakers at work performing century-old techniques you won’t see anywhere else in the world!
Another great thing about buying glass in Murano’s versus buying glass in Venice is that you won’t find counterfeit shops selling fake Murano glass works, so you know you’re buying a genuine Murano glass work, and not an imitation when your in Murano.
Some of the best Murano glass companies in Murano include Seguso Vetri d’Arte, Venini, Vistosi, Cappellin, Aureliano Toso and Pauly & C which is the oldest glassmaking factory.
If you can't make it to Murano during your trip to Venice but would like to buy genuine Murano glass, all hope is not lost!
First, do avoid souvenir shops, and look for reputable shops selling genuine Murano glass works. The way to know whether a shop selling Murano glass inn Venice is reputable or not, it’s to look for the “Vetro Artistico Murano” sign on the display window.
Murano Tourist Attractions
Other popular things to do in Murano Venice are exploring Murano’s tourist sights on foot. They include:
- Glass Museums
Besides seeing the glass factories demonstrations, another of the top things to do in Murano Venice is visiting Murano’s glass museums.
Murano glass museums where you can marvel glass works include Museo Vetrario (nearby St Mary and Donato cathedral), Museu Del Vetro (nearby Pietro Martire Cathedral) and Museo Barovier & Toso, which is located on the southern tip of Murano.
Having said this, if you're pushed for time do visit Museo Vetrario or Museo Barovier & Toso, particularly Barovier & Toso Museum since they offer free guided tours.
Visiting Murano cathedrals are other popular things to do in Murano Venice, especially since you're allowed to explore inside them.
Pietro Martire Cathedral and St Mary and Donato cathedral are the most ones because of the beautiful exterior and stunning colored mosaics and artworks on display.
-Murano Canals & Streets
Taking a walk along Murano streets and canals is another of the popular things to do in Murano Venice, and a great way to mingle with the locals!
Murano is joy to explore on foot and it isn’t as crowded as Venice, which makes walking in Murano such a pleasant affair.
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