You can not make a visit of the island of Murano, famous for its rich and refined production of blown glass, but not only, for the fourteenth-century buildings and beautiful churches.
Murano, as Venice, is divided in two by a Grand Canal, and bridges that connect the two land banks. In your tour you should visit the church of S.Donato and enter into one of the glass processing factories, to enjoy the magic creation of a glass object.
The origin of glass goes back to primeval times of Venethia, Pre Roman and Roman, when in our lagoons and especially in the port of Torricellum (Torcello) landed Phoenician ships, haggling for the precious mosaic tiles. During the Roman Empire, there was a great influence of Byzantium and local artisans who introduced the secrets of the art of mosaic work, with beautiful colored tiles.
In 1290 the development of glass art, becoming one of the businesses that made Venice famous throughout Europe. In 1295, because of the continuing spread of fires,the Serenissima decided that the glass factories, which until then were in Venice, were moved permanently in the island of Murano.
Thus, it was that, the island became from then on, the artistic glass blowing island, known throughout the world.
Murano was once called AMMURANIUM, from one of the six gates that made up the entrance of the ancient city of Altino and where the inhabitants took refuge from the barbarian invasions in 452 and settled down.
By Roberta Michieletto