Murano, island of glass: the tour of the historic glassworks is a journey to discover the secrets of this ancient Venetian art, which is famous all over the world.

Passengers will be greeted by the on-board staff at the agreed boarding point (Tronchetto passenger terminal, Port of Venice,San Marco or Punta Sabbioni, as required), the starting point of our itinerary.

Normally the tour includes departure from the boarding point at Tronchetto with a stop in San Marco in the morning and, in the early afternoon, boarding from San Marco for Murano.
In Murano there is a stop of about 40 minutes and then a return to the Tronchetto Terminal.
However, depending on your needs, it is possible to arrange departure in advance from a different boarding point and customise the itinerary to measure.

The island of Murano developed at the end of the 13th century, when a decree ordered glass artisans to move away from the historic centre to avoid the risk of possible fires. The island got the name of “island of fires” because of the numerous furnaces present and still active today in theartisanal production of quality artistic glass.
The tour includes a visit to one of the island’s furnaces , where it will be possible to witness glass blowing, during which the glass masters put all their ancient knowledge and skills to work.
After the demonstration it will be possible to visit the showroom, where you can buy artistic glass artefacts.

Normally there will be a stop of about 40 minutes in Murano, an ideal duration to allow a visit to the furnaces.
However, in the morning before departure , it is possible to agree on a longertour duration than the standard service.

Those who have chosen to extend their stay on the island will be able to take the opportunity to pay a visit to the Murano glass museum where the memories of this ancient art are preserved today. One of the most precious pieces is the famous Barovier wedding cup from the fifteenth century.
Continuing the walk on the island of Murano you will meet the Church of San Pietro Martire, where the splendid altarpieces by Giovanni Bellini are kept, and the Basilica of Santi Maria e Donato, a masterpiece of Venetian-Byzantine art with its mosaics and a golden dome in the apse.

At the end of the visit the boat will bring the passengers back to the boarding point.

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