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If you’ve been reading my posts about Italy, you’ll know that I didn’t love Venice. It catered to tourists and was very crowded, among other reasons, and I actually enjoyed visiting Murano Island and Burano Island more than Venice. It rained basically the entire time we were on the islands, but they were still beautiful! (And the rain probably helped keep crowds of tourists away). We ran out of time to see the island of Torcello, but we were able to see it from the boat.
To get to the islands, you can take a water taxi. We got a pass from the airport to cover the whole time we were there, and it worked out nicely. It took about 45 minutes to get out to Burano, so make sure you save enough time to get there and back. I would definitely suggest studying the water taxi map and time table because on our way back, we got on one going the wrong way and had to go to the end of the line!
Murano Island is famous for its glass, which you can find everywhere on the island. We went to the Murano Glass Factory for a demonstration and tour, which cost 10 euros, but the 10 euros can go towards anything you want to buy in the store afterwards. The demonstration was pretty cool (I put a video of the demonstration on my Facebook page!), and our guide, Luigi, was great! He was very friendly and funny, and he even gave us some discounts.
Think the vase has cooled down? Nope. Luigi held a piece of paper up to the vase and it instantly burst into flames! It was pretty crazy to see, and I got a video of it!
After LOTS of browsing in the store (I got a vase, jewelry for my mom, and an ornament – all on sale!), we explored Murano more before our water taxi arrived. Burano is the island known for its bright, colorful buildings (which were beautiful!), but Murano also had some colorful buildings! There were only a few other people out since it was raining, so we got to explore the island all by ourselves.
Even the islands had canals!
I loved exploring Murano Island and seeing the glass demonstration, and it was so nice being away from the crowds in Venice! If you’re looking for a little getaway during your trip to Venice, I highly suggest going to Murano! 🙂
If you missed it, check out last week’s post about my crazy decision to quit my job! 🙂