Murano

Come to Murano to witness the ancient art of glassblowing and stay in Murano for its tranquil temperament.

Like Venice, Murano is an archipelago connected by bridges. Although it’s often referred to as the main island’s slightly quieter counterpart, mile-away-from-Venice Murano still attracts copious admirers. As the 700 year-old birthplace of glassblowing, working factories responsible for the legendary collectibles continue to dominate the namesake island’s romantic landscape. A short water-taxi ride away, kaleidoscopic apartments elegantly crumble into the sea along Burano’s shores, and Ernest Hemingway’s beloved cafe serves espresso in Torcello.

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On the Map

  • Public transit is Easy

Marco Polo Airport: 30 minutes by ferry
Piazzale Roma Bus Station: 25 minutes by vaporetto
Santa Lucia Train Station: 20 minutes by vaporetto
Piazza San Marco: 50 minutes by vaporetto
Arsenale/Venice Biennale: 50 minutes by vaporetto
Giardini/Venice Biennale: 55 minutes by vaporetto

Venice's Tranquil Northern Island

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Murano's main attraction involves centuries-old traditions.

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Between the alleys of brick warehouses and workshops, the ancient art of glass-blowing continues much as it did hundreds of years ago.

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Passed on from father to son, Murano's glass masterpieces dot the island's landscape.

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From hand-blown gardens to seafaring figurines, glass-making's rich traditions live on in Murano.

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It's fitting, since Murano is an isolated island based mainly on traditions.

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Boats still bring vegetables to sell along the sidewalk's edge.

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Pedestrian bridges crisscross meandering canals.

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Small shops sell glassware and small cafes serve cichetti.

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Ferries whisk passengers to and away from the central islands.

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For the most part, Murano maintains a dreamy demeanor.

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Boats bob effervescently and the island's lighthouse, Faro di Murano, shines on.

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Luminous bliss.

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Murano is a perfect spot to stay in Venice. Away from the huge tourist crowds, but in 20 minutes on San Marco or Biennale if you want to. Murano itself is a place worth to visit, vaporettos are running nonstop, 24 hours literally, so you can go anytime anywhere around the island if you want to."

Gabriella

Visited in 2013

Murano Island: The Birthplace of Glass Blowing

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While in Murano, a question begins to take shape.

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Was glass-blowing made for Murano?

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Or was Murano made for glass-blowing?

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The art and the island go hand in hand.

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No glass-art destination rivals Murano's magnificence.

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Luminous bliss.

Murano's Little Businesses and Local Feel

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Little businesses serve the island's glass-inspired visitors. Murano's patio tables await customers canal-side.

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Typical Venetian treats like Buranelli cookies await customers in glass jars.

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Shopkeepers serve the community.

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Murano's little-village ambiance contributes to its approachability.

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Engage a local in conversation and you're likely to share more than a few stories.

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Luminous bliss.

Pixel
The vaporetto takes 10-15 minutes from Murano to get to Venice, making a wonderful tour of the Lagoon!"

Getting to the Island

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Getting to this glass-blowing destination is easy. Ferries leave from the central islands regularly.

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Check the schedule and climb aboard.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Luca Girardini is a freelance photographer based in Venice, Italy. He turned to photography after studying architecture at university and specialises in architectural and interior design photography. His personal work explores the contemporary landscape. Luca photographed Venice for Airbnb and set out to capture the real Venice he knows rather than its tourist persona.

Luca Girardini

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