What you have to know about Murano and Burano ?
If planning to travel to Italy there are a thousand places to visit and to be amazed from but if you want to bring authentical memories home, you should definitely visit Murano and Burano.
If you’re spending three or more days in Venice, you will have enough time to explore these outstanding islands in the Venetian Lagoon. Both islands feel like an extension of Venice, but they also have their own character. While being in Venice you have probably visited the Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica and after this, a visit to Murano and Burano can be a wonderful change of pace and scenery from the bustling city streets. All of the islands can be accessed easily via water buses ran by the Venice public transport company, so why not visit Murano, Burano, or even Torcello and more islands on your next trip?
A touch of art and history from Murano and Burano!
Murano: In the 8th century began the traditional art of molding the crystal in an exquisite and subtle form, which has become nowadays famous. In order to prevent fires on land that could be produced during the glassmaking process, Murano was elected as a “floating” factory, where master glassmakers transformed the sand into glass by only using air and fire to create magnificent pieces. Since the process of creating glass was very complex and economically relevant, glassmakers were allowed to enjoy some immunities of the time, but they were not allowed to leave the Republic in order not to divulge the secrets of their art.
Murano’s glass industry is now famous all around the world. This makes Murano the most interesting and famous island in the lagoon. If you are interested in the island’s fascinating glassmaking history, you can’t skip visiting the Glass Museum (Museo Vetraio). You will find countless glass masterpieces, vases, and more larger pieces available in the island’s many artisanal glassware shops. The colours and patterns of the glass have made Murano synonymous with glassmaking everywhere in the world, so you will probably be tempted to buy something.
But there’s so much more to Murano than its glassmaking art! The streets in this island are beautiful and there are two stunning churches: St Pietro Martire and Basilica di Santi Maria e Donato, which is famous for its amazing mosaics. Murano is a quiet island, so it may be exactly what you need after a few days exploring the busy canals and streets of Venice.
Burano: The island of Burano is a small archipelago of 5 islands connected through bridges. In the 16th century, the lace of Burano became the most famous in Europe and in 1872 Burano had the first school of lace, known as “Scuola dei Merletti.” Even when it is possible to see and buy these beautiful works, authentic pieces cost a lot and are difficult to find since their elaboration can take many weeks.
Burano’s colourful houses give the island its own distinct atmosphere. The colours are varied and it is believed that this penchant for colourful houses was borrowed from the colourful boat hulls of the island’s fishing boats.
Burano is famous for its lacemaking industry, and any visitor keen to understand as much as they can about the island’s heritage ought to visit the Lace Museum. The museum is very small, but this makes the building and the museum experience even more charming!
How to get there?
Going to Murano should only take around half an hour by boat. Burano is a little further away than Murano, and you will be there around 33 minutes from Venice if you travel by water bus. You can catch a bus either from Fondamenta Nove in Venice or from the Faro stop on if you are already in Murano.
What are Murano and Burano famous for?
Murano is currently famous for the blown glass sales and for the Glass Museum, the Church of San Donato, and the furnaces where it is possible to see how blown glass is born.
Burano is famous for the handcrafted lace-making, even today we can see the ladies sit at the doors of their colorful houses to weave the most impressive lace provided in unusual and beautiful ways.
Murano and Burano curiosities
Did you know that the handmade tradition of Murano glass, passed from parents to children? The Murano glass is an Italian symbol of luxury and history that develops in this amazing location, an island within walking distance of Venice where it is possible to arrive by boat.
Did you know that in Burano there is a bell tower with a leaning like the Tower of Pisa? Burano has a single square and a single church with a bell tower that has a strong inclination because the bases that make up the subsoil have yielded.
Murano has the power of an epical life that was built for centuries revolved around furnaces where glassware is blown. Murano is like a small Venice and is made up of 9 small islands joined by bridges in the middle of the Grand Canal.
Burano is a small island located 9 km north of Venice is inhabited by 3000 or more people. It is a very quiet island with graceful houses painted with vivid colors, with canals instead of streets and boats instead of cars.
Enjoy Murano and Burano in the best way possible!
A respectable stay in Venice can’t fail to include a visit to the islands of Murano and Burano. To fully understand the characteristics of each one of them it is recommended to join a guided tour, this option is possible either in a group tour by boat or by booking a private tour of the islands
Other attractions in the area
Very close to the wonderful islands of Venice, Murano and Burano, lies the very popular St. Mark square (Piazza San Marco) in the heart of the city and which is perhaps the most representative point of Venice, is surrounded by the St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica of San Marco) the Doge’s Palace, the Marciana Library, the Correr Museum, the Archaeological Museum and the Clock Tower, as well as several cafes and restaurants. St. Mark square has a perfect location, next to the Grand Canal being a very important and strategic area of the city.