The history of glassmaking in Venice is strictly connected to this island. All authentic glassworks from Venice actually come from Murano since the late 1200s. Although glass was originally produced in all areas of Venice, a decision was made at the end of the 13th century to move the glass factories to the city’s furthest island to prevent the outbreak of fires caused by the furnaces. While strolling through the island, you’ll be struck by the vast array of glass works on display. However, don’t be fooled, before making a purchase read the certified guides on how to buy the best Murano glass. 

Many glass blowing factories and exhibition spaces offer visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the masters sculpting and blowing delicate, colourful glass artworks, with explanations regarding time-honoured glass blowing techniques.

Murano has numerous glass factories boasting an age-old history, like the one of Barovier&Toso, which is the sixth oldest family-run company in the world still operative today; or the Venini, which has become an internationally renowned brand and has collaborated with designers of the likes of Giò Ponti, Mimmo Rotella, Gaetano Pesce, Gae Aulenti, Ettore Sottsass, Matteo Thun, Fabio Novembre or Flo Perkins.

The Inside Murano Glass Tour takes visitors into the ateliers of some of the island’s best known contemporary glassmakers where, in addition to admiring the work, they can also purchase custom-made products.

Before leaving the island, you can relax and drink a cup of coffee on the terrace of the Hotel LaGare, an intimate space overlooking Murano’s Grand Canal. The Hotel is located juststeps from the Glass Museum, which tells the story of the exclusive artistic technique with a stunning display of unique pieces.