Basilica dei SS Maria e Donato
Museo del Vetro
Since 1861, Murano’s glass-making prowess has been celebrated in Palazzo Giustinian (the seat of the Torcello bishopric from 1659 until...
Chiesa di San Pietro Martire
Murano's 16th century church of St Peter the Martyr contains two important artworks: The Baptism of Christ attributed to Tintoretto and...
Murano has been the home of Venetian glass-making since the 13th century. Tour a factory for a behind-the-scenes look at production or...
Osteria al Duomo
Originally opened by the parish priest in 1908 as a co-op grocery shop, this osteria is still collectively owned by 50 Muranese...
Campo San Donato · interesting places nearby
Basilica dei SS Maria e Donato information
Fire-breathing is the unifying theme of Murano’s medieval church, with its 12th-century gilded glass Madonna apse mosaic made in Murano’s fornaci (furnaces) and the bones of a dragon hanging behind the altar. According to legend, these are the bones of a beast slayed by San Donato, whose mortal remains also rest here. The other masterpiece here is underfoot: a Byzantine-style 12th-century mosaic pavement of waving geometric patterns and peacocks rendered in porphyry, serpentine and other precious stones.