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Visit Murano

The Island of Murano is actually a series of seven islands linked together by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon. Known as the 'glass island' for its famed glass production, it acquired the name in 1291 when all Venetian glass makers were forced to inhabit Murano due to the fire risk to the city’s mostly wooden buildings. 

Nowadays, this island provides a quieter slice of Venetian life, offering tourists glass shops selling everything from paper weights to chandeliers. For those interested in the craft itself, there's the Museo del Vetro (glass museum) which details the development of glass making over centuries, and many glass factories offer demonstrations showcasing modern day production. As well as a focus on glass, the island also houses a variety of Byzantine architecture to admire, as well as its very own grand canal. 

Recommended on these multi centres

11 day suggested trip

Venice and Lake Garda

From £1599 per person
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  • Immerse yourself in the history and culture that surrounds Italy’s largest lake
  • Take a cable car ride for the best views over Lake Garda
  • Take a gondola trip on Venice’s Grand Canal
  • Visit Venice’s historic palaces and beautiful piazzas

8 day suggested trip

Rome and Venice

From £1449 per person
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  • Explore the Vatican City and St Peters Basilica
  • Go shopping in the Piazza di Spagna and climb the Spanish steps
  • Take a water bus and see some of Venices 400 bridge
  • Visit the island of Murano and learn about Venetian glass blowing
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