Isalnd of Murano : Michelin's recommendations
The largest of the islands on the lagoon, located approximately one Km from the city, Murano has been, from the 13th C., a famous glass making center. In the 15th C. it was the seat of the famous Vivarini painting school. It's somewhat like a miniature version of Venice: like her big sister, it is made up of little islands connected by bridges, it too has a sinuous Grand Canal bordered with quays running through it, and old homes lined up along them. The houses here certainly don't have the same prestige as the Venetian palaces, but they do have a lot of charm. Glass making developed here when the Great Council of Venice decided to move this industry away from the center of the city in order to prevent the fires that its powerful foundries threatened to cause at any time. This ancient tradition, though it produces a lot of cheap objects with bad taste, also produces true works of art that cost a fortune. Let us add that as soon as you set foot on the island, you will be solicited to visit such and such foundry or studio, sometimes with an insistence that could make you want to jump right back on the vaporetto and leave! However, you should take the time to walk around this truly charming island.
- Address : Isola di Murano I - 30141 Venezia30141Venezia
- Prices : free of charge