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"Murano - Largest island in the lagoon." Isola Murano Tip by Jerelis

Isola Murano, Venice: 45 reviews and 67 photos

  Another view at Canal degli Angeli.
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  • Another view at Canal degli Angeli. - Venice
      Another view at Canal degli Angeli.
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  • Just arrived at Murano. - Venice
      Just arrived at Murano.
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Sleepy Murano is the largest of islands in the lagoon. It lies about 1,5 km across from Venice and was inhabitated since Roman times. The word Murano nowadays suggests glass factories and glass blowing. In fact the development of this island in the Middle Ages is strictly connected with glass. Murano was a commercial port as far back as the 7th century and by the 10th century it had grown into a prosperous trading center with its own coins, police force and commercial aristocracy. Then, in 1291, the Venetian Republic ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano, because the glassworks represented a fire danger in Venice, whose buildings were mostly wooden at that time.

For us visiting Murano was a bit of a disappointment. The area around the Ponte Vibarini was under construction and that definately didn't make it any prettier. Besides that we wanted to visit the Museo Vetrario which is devoted to the art and history of glasswork. But we were not able to see the exquisite pieces on display, because we learned that the museum was closed on Wednesday!

The island of Murano.

Murano can be reached from the Fondamenta Nuove taking the LN Line.

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  • Updated Mar 18, 2007
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