Much like experiencing Venice, Murano is best enjoyed by simply walking around and exploring. Leisurely walks along the canals and window shopping is as calming as it is mesmerising. Murano offers a network of canals lined with ancient buildings, magnificent views and charms with many unique attractions that cannot be found anywhere else. Murano offers a different experience. Maybe this is what Venice of the past was like – simple and alive with locals. You can still see people going about their business, locals sitting chatting outside their homes on old chairs and kids playing in the piazzas.
The “Fornace” (furnace) signage beckons you to sit and enjoy glass blowing demonstrations. Seeing a glass blowing session is fascinating, watching the master glass artist sculpt, with ease and precision, a couple of different pieces.
Although Murano seems to be all about the glass furnaces, there are amazing landmarks on the island, with the Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato holding prime status. It is one of the oldest churches in the Venetian Lagoon reflecting Byzantine architecture.
Enjoying Campo Santo Stefano, the small central square in Murano, is as restful as it is interesting. There is a large blue glass sculpture, created by the master glass artist Simone Cenedese and just behind this icon, there is the Church of Santo Stefano and its clock tower.
Local restaurants reflect Murano’s peaceful lifestyle, offering simple and delicious menus – and they’re not too expensive. We found what we would consider an authentic family-owned Italian restaurant, Osteria al Duomo, which had a homely environment and a garden terrace. Plus excellent house wine.
Murano is definitely a precious gem to discover and it is worth finding some time to enjoy the island. It is a discreet alternative to the always busy lifestyle experienced in Venice. Murano will not only immerse you in its glassmaking industry and history, but it will also charm you with its magical views and peaceful surrounds.