Murano, a different place to stay in Venice
After visiting Piazza San Marco another district that should be explored is that of Murano. This place has been known for hundreds of years for its glass makers and one of the first sites you will see visiting here is the site of, “Museo Del Vetro” or the, “Glass Museum”. This place documents the long rich history of Venetian glass makers from ages past to the present.
In the same vicinity of the glass museum are glass vendors where you can buy glass vases, jewelry, and other objects. Two of the most famous of these are the Glass Shops of Domus and Berengo Studio. And Berengo Studio actually gives out a tour of its Murano factory, which is a rare find and an exciting add in to your visit.
Just down the block from this museum is a place where you can get some great seafood. The, “Valmarana” is a town favorite for locals and tourists alike. This is an upscale restaurant situated in a palace and the extravagance can not be missed. It is built with stucco architecture and holds great glass chandeliers.
The atmosphere here is pleasant and very refined, with beautiful white cloth dinner tables and polite and friendly staff. The menu is a great seafood catch of items such as crab mixed with fresh herbs, baked sea scallops, or rich risotto alla pescatora, served as a fish platter. Weather permitting you can take your food outdoors and request to sit in the back garden or up on the terrace over the canal.
Another great nearby site that is just past the glass museum is that of the, Basilica Dei Santi Maria E Donato”, that’s a long name for a place with a long history. This basilica is among the first churches founded by the original inhabitants. Surrounding the church the mosaic pavement has elaborate inscriptions including the date 1140 with was the date of its foundation. This building is a marvelous gem with stunning Veneto-Byzantine styile columns that transport you to another time and place.
Around the corner from Santa Maria E Donato is a delicious restaurant loaded with traditional Italian cuisine. Here you will find the, “La Perla-Al Bisatei”. This restaurant specializes in standard Venetian good. Featuring in abundance spaghetti alle vongole, spaghetti with onions served with fresh fish that is either fried or grilled. This is a great place to come in groups, as the tables are very accommodating. Just keep in mind that this restaurant closes shortly after midday, so it is a good place to come to earlier in the afternoon.
Murano has a very pleasant over all vibe and is a nice place to visit that is a little more off the beaten path of other well trodden tourist areas. After seeing some of the other main sites in other districts, a quick excursion in Murano would be a great way to have a day of free spirited fun and exploration and is highly recommended.