Murano Glass factories

Murano, island of glass: the tour of the artisan glassworks is a journey in search of the secrets of this ancient Venetian art form famous the world over.

Passengers will be welcomed aboard at the agreed embarkation points (Tronchetto passenger terminal, Venice Port, St. Mark’s or Punta Sabbioni).

The tour normally leaves from Tronchetto with a stop at St. Mark’s in the morning and early afternoon embarkation from St. Mark's for Murano.
The stop at Murano is around 40 minutes followed by return to the Tronchetto Terminal.
It is possible to agree in advance departure from a different embarkation point and arrange a made-to-measure tour.

Settlement on island of Murano developed from the end of the 13th Century, when a decree ordered the glass artisans to move from the city centre to avoid the risk of fire. Murano takes its name from “island of the flames” because of its many furnaces and is still today a site for the artisanship of quality artistic glass.

The tour will include a visit to one of the island’s furnaces, where one can witness the art of glass making, in which artisans put to work their traditional knowledge and skill.
The demonstration is followed by a visit to the showroom where crafted glass souvenirs can be purchased.
The stop in Murano is normally around 40 minutes, the ideal length of stay for a visit to the glassworks.
If desired a longer tour can be agreed on the morning of departure.

Passengers who stay for longer on the island can visit the Murano Glass Museum that conserves relics of this ancient art. The renowned 15th Century Barovier Wedding Cup is one of the museum’s precious pieces.  
Continuing to walk around the island one can discover the Church of St. Peter the Martyr (Chiesa di San Pietro Martire) that houses splendid altar pieces by Giovanni Bellini, and the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Donatus (Basilica dei santi Maria and Donato), a Veneto-Byzantine masterpiece with its mosaics and gilded cupola in the apse.

Passengers will be taken back to the embarkation point at the end of the visit.