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The island of Murano has been the manufacturing center for Venetian glass since the 13th Century, when Venice's glass industry was moved from the city center to Murano for safety reasons. (If you lived in a crowded city, would you want to have a fiery furnace next door?)

Our 11-page guide to "Murano, the Glass Island" is probably the most comprehensive guide to Murano on the Web, so on this page we'll just show you two aerial photos with brief comments about what you're seeing. (Another useful resource is our "Venice Islands Tour" article, which tells how to make a circuit of Murano and several other islands by public transportation.)

  • Photo 1 shows the entire island--which actually consists of several islands that are connected by bridges. Murano feels smaller than it looks in the satellite image, and you can easily see most of its attractions in half a day (or a full day, if you want to spend a few hours in the Museo del Vetro or Glass Museum, have lunch, and do some serious shopping.)

  • In photo 2, you can see the main canals that divide the island, along with various glass factories and the 12th Century Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato with its dome of gilded mosaic and a magnificent inlaid floor.

  • Photo 3 shows the southwestern corner of Murano, where the Colonna vaporetto stop is a convenient place to catch a water bus back to Venice.

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