Murano is a Venetian lagoon situated about 1.5 km North of Venice and is a group of seven islands linked with bridges and canals. The island is famous among tourists for its unique style of glass making which dates back to the 10th century. As per the story, the Venetian rulers banned glassmaking across Venice fearing that the furnace used to make glass might cause a dangerous fire across the island and so, moved all the glassmakers to Murano. However, the island made a great name and good money as the sophisticated glass items were a sign of luxury and royalty. The elite class as well as the royalty purchased glass items from Murano and made it a style statement.
As a tourist, visiting Murano you can experience this stunning technique of artistic glass making by going to the glass factories, art showrooms as well as attending the expert workshops on Murano glass making by the glass masters. However, if you are checking out your exploration options in Murano beyond just glass making, the island certainly holds more to it with the architectural richness of historical sites, churches, European architecture.
Just not that, the floating island houses many modern day cafes by the sea side with the venetain view making it a pretty destination to go to. Some of the activities you can participate in during your visit to Murano are enrolling in a master class of glass making, touring across the island learning about their life and culture and also giving the venetian cuisine a taste.
The nearest airport to Murano is Venice. The distance from the airport to Murano is about 5 kms via waterway and around 14 kms via land. Here are the various commute options to choose from:
Via vaporetto (water bus): Vaporettos have multiple water lines. The waterline 12, 4.1 and 4.2 from Fondamente Nove takes about 9 mins to reach your destination. Whereas, the waterway 4.2 and 4.1 from San Zaccaria take about 40 - 50mins to arrive at Murano.
For the shortest route: Board a vaporetto line on 12 from the ACTV docks at the Fondamente Nove to arrive at Murano Faro in about 9 mins. This is the fastest route to arrive at your destination, as you are departing from the northern side of Venice.
Via a ferry: You can board a ferry from the airport to Murano, which takes about 50 mins to reach your destination.
Via bus: A bus from aeroporto marco polo would take you to Murano in about 24 - 30 mins.
Via car/taxi: Driving down to Murano will take about 15 - 30mins from Venice.
If you are thinking of pleasant weather and moderate temperature for a trip to Murano, Italy it is best to visit during the spring and fall season i.e., in the months of April to June or September and October. The pleasant weather and moderate temperature is apt for a comfortable vacation. You also get the cheapest deals during this time of the year due to lesser tourists. However, the summer season is considered as the peak season to explore Italy. But it is also the most expensive time of the year for a tourist.
To explore the most of Murano it is recommended to pay a visit during the day. The museums, glass blowers and tourist sights would be open and you can also witness the glass makers demonstrate their fine art of making the famous and alluring glass artifacts.