Known for its sparking treasures made of glass, the island of Murano is just a brief boat ride (vaporetto) away from Venice. Although touristy, I highly recommend the trip. Historically, Venetians were known for their glass-making prowess. In the late 13th century, the industry was moved to the island of Murano. Fear of fire caused the Republic to order glass blowers (vetri) to move their furnaces (fornace) to a separate location.