Day trip to Venice and Murano

Old Mar 18th, 2007, 04:19 PM
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Day trip to Venice and Murano

We will be in Florence while on our trip and I am trying to decide if it is worth it to scoot over to Venice. We would arrive in Venice on a Thursday at about 2-3pm, then have to leave back to Rome at 4pm. I have been already but my hubby is really interested in going to Murano and Venice. How long would the trip to Murano and to see someone blow glass be, do we have enough time?
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Old Mar 18th, 2007, 05:29 PM
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Are you saying you would have one overnight in Venice? I probably wouldn;t bother - but you can if you like and see a few major sights.

If you mean you'll have 1 to 2 hours in Venice - that won;t even give you time to get from the train station to Murano and back - even assuming the train is on time.

If you really want to do it in one day take a much earlier train to Venice and a much later train to Rome - since you need at least 5/6 hours there to see even Piazza San Marco and get to/fro Murano.
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Old Mar 18th, 2007, 06:01 PM
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Sorry we would be leaving on Friday at 4 to Rome so we would have an overnight stay
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Old Mar 19th, 2007, 05:03 AM
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Hi V,

An overnight to Venice is better than not seeing Venice at all, and much better than a day in Venice.

I would give Murano a pass this time. There are much more interesting things to see in Venice than someone blowing glass.


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Old Mar 19th, 2007, 05:12 AM
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Yes, you would have time to go to Murano in the morning after your overnight. You can get a free trip through onen of the glass factories or go by boat yourself; it is straightforward and you will have plenty of time: if that is your primary motivation for visiting Venice, rest assured
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Old Mar 20th, 2007, 08:51 AM
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Skip Murano, there is little to see except for the glass museum (recommended) or getting ripped off by the "free" glass factory tours, which corner you into purchasing an inordinately expensive item.
Enjoy walking and eating in Venice. It is truly magical.
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Old Mar 20th, 2007, 08:57 AM
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agree with those saying skip murano... you can buy murano glass all over venice.. there is little to see in murano.. not very interesting at all... someone said there's better things to do than watch someone blow glass... that's a perfect comment because that is really all you see... boring!
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Old Mar 20th, 2007, 09:14 AM
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Nothing to see in Murano?

I just want to go on record here..what about the Santi Maria e Donato church with its mosaics? Or the Bellini's in the San Pietro Martire?

The poster's husband wants to watch glass being blown...I can't think of a better place in Italy to do this than on Murano. Not to mention the glass museum....
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Old Mar 20th, 2007, 10:15 AM
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I don't know when you are going, but the whole glass-blowing section of Murano shuts entirely down the whole month of August.
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Old Mar 20th, 2007, 06:30 PM
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I would skip Murano on this trip because, as you know, there is much to see in Venice. On our first visit to Venice in June 2002 we spent 2 nights in Venice but didn't make it to any of the islands. We returned to Venice in the summer of 2005 and spent 4 nights and had time to visit the islands of Murano and Burano and really loved the fishing village of Burano! Your sightseeing in Venice will be much more relaxed if you cut out Murano.
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Old Mar 21st, 2007, 05:56 AM
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Actually we did get to see a little bit of glassblowing on the main island. It was after our walking tour. Does anyone know anything about this?
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