Murano Island

Murano is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon and known all over the world for its glass making.

It was in 1291 that all the Venetian glassmakers were forced to move to Murano to reduce the risk of fires due to the high temperatures of their furnaces. The real reason for this relocation though was the fact that the Venetian state wanted to keep the glassmakers’ unique technique a secret. Thus, Murano’s glassmakers held a monopoly on high-quality glassmaking for centuries!

Nowadays, “Murano Glass” creations have a global reputation and Murano’s glassmakers use the rich tradition and unique techniques developed by their ancestors to create exquisite glass masterpieces.

Don’t forget to visit the Murano Glass Museum (Museo del Vetro) in the 17th century Palazzo Giustinian, where you can discover the history of glassmaking, from its glorious times through the present day.