On the way to Burano, The Vaporetto stops at this island. Don't skip it, it is just as wonderful! Murano is known for its glass blowing that has been produced since the 13th century.
Furthermore, Murano is famous for its glass blowing and you can see live demonstrations at the various factories that are established here.
What is there to do on the island?
Basilica di Santa Maria:
Located in the center of Murano island is this lovely old church, rebuilt in the 12th century and dedicated to C4th St Donatus, whose remains are located behind the altar.
The interior is just as beautiful as the exterior but the caretaker doesn't allow for photos to be taken, please respect his wishes.
One thing that amazed me was the fact that on an island that is sinking, they have been able to preserve and maintain the church for all these centuries.
Bell Tower in Campo Santo Stefano:
The tower is located in a beautiful square that has lots of shops, cafes, restaurants and ice cream parlors. It used to have a blue comet glass artwork, but it wasn't there when we visited in September 2021.
Former Church Santa Chiara Murano: This place gives a glass-blowing demonstration. very interesting and entertaining. You can watch it for free from the street and deal with the crowds of people who want to see it too or take a tour inside that costs 10 Euros. I read a few disappointing reviews about it, therefore we decided to skip it due to lack of time, but if this is your first time seeing glassblowing I would take the tour.
Where to eat?
Lunch - We found this cute restaurant garden called Osteria Al Duomo located right across from Basilica di Santa Maria. We ordered bolognese pasta and White pesto pizza. It was excellent. They charge 2 Euro to sit, so worth it to sit in the shade after walking for so long in the heat.
Ice Cream - Don't miss the ice cream at Murano Artisan ice cream. We got the pistachio and sorbet and it was absolutely incredible.