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Murano, the Glass Island
ABOVE: A motoscafo or waterbus of the ACTV.
is easy to reach from Venice by public transportation. Here's how to get there
with the ACTV, Venice's transit company:
From S. Zaccaria
(just up the waterfront promenade from the Piazza San Marco and the
Take the ACTV's Line 4.2 waterbus, which will take you to Murano by
way of the Fondamente Nove and the cemetery
island of San Michele in just over 40 minutes. (Or you can ride the Line
4.1 boat, which goes to Murano in the reverse direction via the Giudecca
Canal, but the voyage will take
nearly an hour.)
When you reach Murano, get off at any stop. (Colonna is
handy for glassblowing demonstrations; Museo is close to the Glass Museum and
the Basilica of Santi Maria e Donato.)
From the Fondamente Nove (on the north side of
the historic center, facing the Lagoon):
Catch the 4.1 or 4.2 waterbus. The 4.1 will get you to the Murano Colonna
stop in 10 minutes; the Faro, Navagero, and Museo stops take longer.
Alternatively, you could take one of the boats on Line 12 or 13, which
require only nine minutes to reach the Murano Faro stop on their way to more
distant points in the northern section of the Venetian Lagoon.
From the Piazzale Roma or Ferrovia (the bus and
Ride the Line 3 "Diretto Murano" boat, which takes 17 minutes to reach
Murano Colonna from the railroad station. Stay on the boat if you'd rather
get off at Faro, Navagero, Museo, or Venier.
The 4.1 waterbus, which is slower than the 3 with local stops along the
For more information on ACTV waterbuses, see our articles on
Vaporetto Routes and
Vaporetto Fares, or use the
station-to-station journey planner on the
ACTV Web site.
From Venice Marco Polo Airport:
If you're in a hurry and have money to burn, a
water taxi can take you directly to Murano
from your hotel (or the nearest canal).
Murano glass factories and showrooms offer free boat trips to the island
for tourists who don't mind being subjected to high-pressure salesmanship. (Look
for the touts who frequent busy tourist areas.)
Hotels, B&Bs, apartments
About the author:
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