I'm not an avid glass collector but do plan to visit Murano during my upcoming stay in Venice. Our hotel (Hotel Vecellio) is on the lagoon right across from the island at the Fondamenta Nove stop, so we plan to take the vaporetto. I would like to hear your Murano experiences. Did you get off at the first stop? Did you visit the glass museum or just view demonstrations and shop? Are prices better at shops farther from the vaporetto stops? Do you have any favorite places for demonstrations/shopping?
Actually Murano was a very nice little sidetrip from Venice. We visited in March before the official tourist season began. We didn't go there just to look for glass bargains. However, there was a little shop that we walked into and just admiring the glass. The owner talked to us nicely and gave us a very good price on a huge six-light chandelier that had many flowers coming out of it. Packed and shipped to us in the USA would cost 700Euro. That really was a great price, but we just weren't in the market for a chandelier at that time...although my wife was greatly tempted.
Be sure and check hours and days of operation. We went to Murano during our first trip to Venice but unfortunately did not check first! We found only one place open. Luckily we did get to see them making the famous horses. It was not a demonstration - it was actual work going on. We didn't pay anything - just wandered in. The adjoining shop was closed but she opened up to let us in to look. She could not sell us anything though! We bought our glass in the shops around St. Marks Square.
Just returned from 2 weeks in Venice...
Do Rick's Murano tour in the Venice 2007 book.
AND DEFINATELY eat at the restaurant he suggests
If your staying on the Fondamente...great...just take the LN line which takes you directly to Murano...then on to Burano, if you want.