Murano in Venice, Italy
Like the rest of Venice, Murano consists of a series of islands that are linked with bridges. Is there anything better than slowly meandering through the streets on a hot summer day with creamy gelato in hand? Murano is a favorite of mine because it's just a stone's throw from the heart of Venice but the boat ride deters some tourists from coming. Murano remains idyllic and somewhat of a hidden gem.
Best known for glass making, the artisans still practice these skills. Tourists can see the pieces come to life at demonstrations which usually cost a small sum. Some shops will have knocks offs from other countries with cheaper labor. When in doubt, buy at stores where there is a person making the pieces (they'll mostly make small pieces for demonstration) and be mindful that these shops will charge high prices.
The island is very residential, so while it is nice to explore quiet paths, do try to be respectful of the people and their houses.
From S. Zaccaria (right near Piazza San Marco and the Doge's Palace): Take the ACTV's Line 4.2 vaporetto (waterbus) towards Murano.
Coordinates: 45.4590° N, 12.3523° E
Cost & Admission
Free, open anytime.
Various cafes and restaurants nearby.
Walking, seeing the views, purchasing souvenirs.
Murano is very walkable, just like Venice. You can spend half a day here and slowly meander through, eat gelato, eat a sandwich, and buy a few souvenirs. Visit the Glass Museum which will be included in your CityPass if you decide to purchase that.