Murano is a short vaporetto ride accross the lagoon and is deserving of a visit if you have any interest in purchasing local made glass products. Though it seems as there is no short supply of glass shops in Venice, Murano is where you should go to purchase glass. Just about the entire island is devoted to glass. There are dozens and dozens of shops selling nothing but glass products of every type and covering wide price range. Skip the tours of the factories and simply take vaporetto to Murano and start hitting the shops. If you see something that interests, you shouldn't be afraid to bargain, especially for the high priced items.