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Murano:  Quick Facts and Demographics
  • Founded: Between fifth and seventh centuries, but experienced major growth after 1290 when Venice officials required the glass factories to move to Murano (because of fire hazards).
  • Purpose: Originally small fishing communities, similar to Burano; after 1290, grew due to glass factory relocations.
  • Elevation: Sea level (less affected by sinking of city and rising sea levels and tides).
  • Size  1,134 (acres)
  • Population: just under 7000 at last census

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Murano:  Famous Features and People

  • Glass factories, Glass blowing, Glass sculptures, Glass beads... and so much more.
  • Glass making has official government protection.
    Murano island and citizens were "granted many civic privileges" because of being forced to move the glass ovens from Venice to Murano.
  • Museo Vetario (Glass Museum) with displays of glass art from early Egyptians to modern-day Murano.
  • Often referred to as a mini-Venice.
  • Has its own Grand Canal.
  • Vaporetto (boat taxi) is the main mode of transportation between islands.
  • Acqua Alta (high water) & Sirocco (storm winds from North Africa) also affect Murano, but not as severely as Venice.
  • Unlike Venice, Murano is very quiet at night. It is not considered to have a "night life." (personal experience). Murano "always feels like an early closing day."
  • Home of Fra Mauro, famous cartographer, who made maps used in European exploration of the World

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© Created by Debbie Sonberg on May 15, 2012.
Last updated on June 14, 2012.


Sources & Resources for Murano

[VNGV]  New Guide of Venice. (2000). Milan, Italy: KINA Italia.

[MWE]  Murano - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (2012, March 25). Retrieved May 23, 2012, from Wikipedia:

[SDBF] Timing of post-depositional events in the Burano Formation of the Secchia valley. (April 2001, April). 140(1-2), 107-122. Retrieved from Science Direct - Sedimentary Geology:

[BARR] Barovier Mentasti, R., Dorigato, A., Gasparetto, A., & Toninato, T. (Eds.). (1982, July). Mille anni di arte del vetro a Venezia (Abstract). Retrieved May 22, 2012, from Conservation Information Network (BCIN):

[MBOE] Britannica Online Encyclopedia. (2012). Murano (Island, Italy) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia. (B. O. Encyclopedia, Producer, & Britannica Online Encyclopedia) Retrieved May 23, 2012, from Britannica Online:

[MBML] Martina Lace. (n.d.). Retrieved May 23, 2012, from Martina Lace:,Encyclopedia:

[VGPL]  Gatto, P. (1981). The Lagoon of Venice; natural environmental trend and man-induced modification. Hydrological Sciences Bulletin, 26(#1981), pp. 379-391. doi:10.1080/20626668109490902. Retrieved May 23, 2012, from Taylor & Francis Online:

[VBCJ]  Jackson, P. (1998). Cambridge Journals. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies(61), 82-101. doi:10.1017/S00441977X00015779. Retrieved May 23, 2012 from Cambridge Journals:

[VKEA] Keahey, J. (2002). Venice Against the Sea, a City Beseiged (First ed.) New York, New York: Thomas Dunne Books.

[VMOR] Morris, J (1993). The World of Venice. San Diego, CA, USA: Harcourt Brace & Company.

[VNORW] Norwich, J. J. (2003). Paradise of Cities, Venice in the 19th Century (First ed.). New York, NY, USA: Doubleday.

[MSS]  Sandresser, S. (2000, May 18). Tour Guide, Italy. (D. Sonberg, Interviewer).

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