Murano is a colorful island about 30-minutes east of Venice via water taxi. It’s most known for the tradition of glass-making. In fact, the biggest attraction is the Museo del Vetro, which tells the story of glass through the centuries. On the island stands the Basilica of Saint Mary and Saint Donatus. The story that it holds relics of Saint Donatus of Arezzo, as well as large bones behind the altar purported to be the bones of a dragon slain by the saint, has made it famous. The island is only 1.5 km (0.9 mi) across and has a population of only 4,506 people, according to a 2011 census. In the previous three decades, the population has steadily fallen. While you're there, remember to support the local businesses, as glassmaking and tourism are essential sources of income for them. The big tourist debate between Murano and Burano can be simply solved by interests. If you are interested in Venetian glass then Murano is best but if you’re interested in lace, Burano is for you. The buildings on both islands are all different hues, making them highly vibrant.