Murano is a compact island and it is easy to get around on foot (although the signposting does leave a little to be desired).
Here are a few ideas for places to visit on your trip to the island, although much of the charm, as with the rest of Venice, comes from wandering around the side alleys and streets.
Murano Museum of Glass - Museo Vetrario
The Museum of Glass is located in the Palazzo Giustinian around the corner from the Museo waterbus stop and near the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Donato.
It is open from 10.00 to 16.00 in the winter months and for an hour longer in the summer (note that entrance tickets are only sold up until an hour before closure). It is closed on Wednesdays and major holidays.
Entrance tickets cost €4,00 (reductions for pensioners and students) or €6,50 for a ticket which usually combines entrance to the Glass Museum and the Lace Museum on Burano (please note that the Lace Museum is closed for restoration until Spring 2010).
The palace was originally used by the bishops of the diocese of Torcello (a major settlement in the lagoon in earlier times) and now houses the collection of glass from the 15th to the 20th century on an upper floor.
Address: Fondamenta Giustinian 8,
Quite a number of places on Murano will offer you the opportunity of seeing simple ornaments being made (the actual photo was taken during a demonstration at the factory opposite the Glass Museum).
Sometimes there is a small entry fee and visitors are expected to tip the glassmaker at the end of the "show".
The demonstration normally lasts around 15 minutes and will give an idea of how a furnace is used to melt the glass, how the glass is blown, and normally how a typical ornament is made by working the glass with the prongs.
As with most demonstrations, an opportunity will be given to purchase the shop wares after the show...
(Please note that we are unable to book any demonstrations as we have nothing to do with the factories offering them!)
Basilica di Santa Maria e Donato
The original church was built in the 7th century (which makes it one of the earliest built in Venice) and the current one dates from the 12th century.
It was built to house the supposed relics of St Donato and the bones of the dragon that he killed - the relics were brought to Murano as part of the plunder from the Second Crusade.
The interior of the church displays a mosaic pavement, originally from the 12th century and relaid during the restoration in the 1970s, and a mosaic of the Madonna from the same period.