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Top reasons to visit Europe’s glassmaking centre in Murano or Burano, Venice

If you are hoping to escape the bustle of Venice, the tranquil islands of Murano and Burano are perfect island havens for a well-earned break.

The glassmaking island of Murano and lace making island of Burano boast stunning coloured architecture, quaint cafes and beautiful art galleries that will ignite your students’ imagination and senses. 

Available for a half day visit, our new Art & Design Sixth Form trips to Venice include a trip to the islands’ of Murano and Burano. So why not take a look below to find out the top reasons you should visit Europe’s glassmaking centre on your next Art & Design trip.

Murano’s fascinating history

Murano is an island in the lagoon on the north side of Venice where glass masters work as descendants of an unbroken line of artisans, reaching far back to the beginning of the craft. Since then, the glass masters have become a kind of second aristocracy in local culture.

Throughout the late medieval and Renaissance period, Murano became the world's leading centre for glass manufacture, a tradition which is still alive and thriving today. The island only has a population of approximately 5000 people, for whom many are direct descendants of famous glassmaking families.

The island is the ideal destination for budding art students to visit, as well as for those interested in art-history, fine craftsmanship and beautiful architecture.

Excellent for window shopping

Your students will have to time to explore the town and purchase some unique glassware if they choose, however window shopping is also a fantastic experience in itself. In fact, window shopping is consistently rated as one of the best activities to do when visiting Murano.

This is also a fun and free way to explore the island, where you can soak up the beautiful surroundings and spot some unique structures dotted around the town, including Simone Cenedese’s ‘Comet Glass Star’. Make sure to keep a lookout for the stunning blue sculpture assembled from 500 blown glass pieces, located near the base of the Torre dell’Orologio.

Burano is more than just its lace-making

While Burano is famed for its stunning handcrafted lace and generations of female artisans, this vibrant little island also boasts its own unique cultural charm. 

As the island was primarily a fishing village, its houses were originally painted bright colours to make it easier for the returning fishermen to find their houses in the thick fog. The coloured houses still line its boat-filled canals, which has also shaped its other tradition of painting the houses in this vibrant style.

Burano also has a leaning tower, which is the former bell tower of the San Martino Church, which is also a great spot for selfies!

Delicious food and quaint cafes

Murano is a popular destination with visitors, so there are plenty of tourist-packed restaurants. However, your students will also be able to find other local, affordable venues if they are hoping for an authentic taste of the regional cuisine. 

Many restaurants offer speciality seafood dishes that utilise the local maritime connections, so you can expect plenty of fresh fish, crab and shrimp. ‘Go’ fish is a regional delicacy, so this is well worth a try if you see it on a local menu too.

If you are looking for fresh local food at an affordable price, here are some of the best local restaurants we like to visit:

  • Trattoria Busa alla Torre da Lele (for a historic venue and seasonal dishes)
  • Trattoria Valmarana (for affordable prices and delicious food)
  • La Perla ai Bisatei (for traditional dishes and casual dining)

Experience Murano and Burano for yourself

If you are thinking about visiting Murano and Burano, our brand new Art & Design trips include a trip to the islands’. Take a look at the full itinerary here.

Alternatively, contact our team of Tour Solvers to get your next Art & Design trip off the ground, or simply request a quote online here.