Murano Island Walking Tour, Venice

Murano is often called the Glass Island, since it is home to the most impressive and renowned Venetian glass factories. The glass makers here have preserved their centuries-old techniques. The island is full of shops were you can admire and purchase these adorable glass items. Some factories have special showrooms where you can see the full process of glass making.
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Murano Island Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Murano Island Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Venice (See other walking tours in Venice)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Author: naomi
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Island of Murano

1) Island of Murano

Murano is the Glass Island. Murano was a commercial port in 7th Century, and by the 10th Century it had grown into a great trading center. It had its own coins, police force, and commercial aristocracy. This was the only place in Europe where people knew how to make glass mirrors. This is a great experience for a young traveler, lots to discover, see, smell, try and touch.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Mazzuccato International

2) Mazzuccato International

Mazzuccato International is one of the largest glass factories in Murano. For visitors and potential buyers, the factory has several demonstration rooms where you can see how the craftsmen make these beautiful glass pieces. The shop offers a great variety of glass products, ranging from chandeliers, mirrors, decoration items, drinking glasses and sculptures.
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Faro

3) Faro

Since the beginning of the Venetian Republic, there has been a lighthouse in Murano. The present construction is of 1934. The exterior of the Faro presents two bas-reliefs, depicting two Madonnas, one located above the entrance door of the lighthouse, the other placed in the opposite direction of the lagoon. Towards the top of the Faro black strips were painted to facilitate visibility in fog.
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Chiesa di San Pietro Martire

4) Chiesa di San Pietro Martire

Chiesa di San Pietro Martire was built in 1348 along with a convent of Dominican Fathers and was dedicated to San Giovanni Battista. It is currently one of the two major parishes of Murano, daily visited by tourists for the precious works of art held within. The building is made entirely of brick. On the front facade a portico adorned with Renaissance arches and columns is probably what remains of an ancient cloister.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Fratelli Toso

5) Fratelli Toso

Fratelli Toso is one of the oldest glass factories established in Murano. The factory was founded in 1854 by six brothers who loved the art of glass making. During the whole time, the Toso family improved their techniques of glass making and nowadays they are one of the top award-wining manufacturers of Murano glass. Their production has a wide range, going from exclusive chandeliers to charming glass souvenirs.
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Palazzo de Mula

6) Palazzo de Mula

The Gothic style of Palazzo de Mula’s facade also retains a mixed Veneto-Byzantine influence of the twelfth century. It stands on the Canal Grande of Murano, just a few steps away from Ponte Vivarini. Built near the St. Cyprian, it was completely renovated about a decade ago and now houses the Hall of Murano, which organizes exhibitions and meetings on various topics.
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Basilica di Santa Maria e Donato

7) Basilica di Santa Maria e Donato

Basilica di Santa Maria e Donato is an important place of worship, and is one of the greatest examples of Romanesque architecture. The first church was founded in the 7th century. After several reconstructions, the present church represents a red brick basilica building and a bell tower. The interior is decorated with marble and glass, columns and niches of various forms. Next to the bell tower is located the Monumento ai Caduti by Napoleone Martinuzzi.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museo del Vetro

8) Museo del Vetro (must see)

Museo del Vetro is housed in the old palace of the bishops of Torcello. The first exhibitions of glass artworks were held in 1861 in just one hall on the first floor. Over the decades the collection took over the entire palace. Special attention should be paid to the chandeliers on the ceiling – some of the greatest art pieces made by local craftsmen.

Why You Should Visit:
To learn the history of glasswork and the see real examples, some as much as 500 years old!
Some of the ancient (Syrian) pieces have to be seen to be believed; also the very modern pieces.
There's also a way to buy a combined ticket to see a glass-making demo by real masters in glass-making.

Tip:
If you don't like reading about the pieces at museums, then this is probably not for you.
Do stop by the gift shop – good value and avoids the kitsch stuff in the commercial shops.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm (Nov-Mar); 10am-6pm (Apr-Oct)
Closed: January 1, December 25

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Venice for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Venice has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Venice's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Official All Venice City Pass, Venezia Unica Tourist City Pass, 72-Hour Venice Transportation Pass, or Venice Museum Pass.

A city pass combines all of or multiple Venice's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Venice hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Hotel Concordia, Hotel Al Ponte Dei Sospiri, Baglioni Hotel Luna.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Venice, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Venice typically costs from around US$20 up to more than US$200 per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat to view all of Venice's top attractions while listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route as often as you like.

- Experience Venice from dry land and water on the combo of 2-hour walk and half-hour gondola ride around the historic center, marveling at the Byzantine monuments and gliding down the canals of this marvelous city.

- Have a double pleasure for your eyes and ears combining a 30-minute gondola ride with a serenade, wafting by the fascinating sights of Venice in the company of a traditionally-dressed gondolier and a singer aboard.

- Having quenched your appetite for sightseeing, don't forget to treat yourself to some delicious specialties of Venice as well. Take a 2.5-hour tour led by a local guide to see the city's highlights on waters, plus check out several notable eateries to savor authentic Venetian delights.

- Discover the Jewish side of Venice from a culinary standpoint on a food tour of the historic Jewish ghetto. Guided by a food-connoisseur, you will visit a number of joints offering authentic local dishes thus acquainting yourself with the rich culture and food traditions of the Venetian Jews.

- Architecture-wise there's so much more to Venice than just St. Mark's Square. Be welcome to prove it to yourself on the guided walk exploring the artistic richness of Venice away from the trodden tourist paths.

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Venice, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Verona, Valpolicella, Florence, or the Dolomite Mountains. For as little as US$140+ to US$180+ per person you will get a chance to visit one of the most romantic cities in Italy (hometown of Romeo and Juliet), learn about Veneto’s winemaking heritage and sample the local wines, visit the Tuscan capital of Florence, soak up the bracing mountain scenery, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight at your hotel or a designated place in Venice, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minibus or train to the destination of your choice and back again.