Located in the lagoon of Venice, Murano is one of the most well-known group of islands in the region. It thrived as a fishing port from the 6th to the 11th century, when inhabitants moved to nearby Dorsoduro. Glassmakers in Venice in the 13th century relocated to Murano because of the threat of fires, and glassmaking has become the island’s principal industry since. A lot of the attractions in Murano are based around its glassmaking. There is the Mazzega Glass Factory, where you can see the magnificent glassworks made from local experts. You can also visit the Schiavon Art Team, where all sorts of products are skillfully made from glass, including chandeliers, sculptures and vases. Aside from glassmaking, Murano offers plenty of other historical and cultural delights. The Palazzo da Mula is an impressive example of Venetian Gothic architecture, rarely found today. There’s also the seventh century basilica dedicated to St Mary and St Donato, which features several ancient mosaics and paintings.