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Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

1. Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

Visit the most beautiful islands in the Venetian Lagoon on this 4.5 or 6-hour afternoon trip. Stop at the island of Murano, home to world-renowned glassblowers, Burano, known for its lace production and the ancient settlement of Torcello. Stop at Murano and see a demonstration by a glass-blowing master. The tradition of glassblowing has been passed down generations of Murano residents. Continue to Torcello and see the central square, the Church of Santa Fosca, Ponte del Diavolo and other interesting sites. The last visit will be to Burano. The island is world-known for its hand-made lace but also for its small, brightly painted houses that are popular with artists.  Your tour ends back in Saint Mark’s Square. If you want, you can stay on board and be taken directly to the train station for an additional cost - just ask your tour guide.

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Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

2. Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

Escape the crowds of central Venice and catch a glimpse of what life in the city used to be like, as an island of artisans famous for their traditional craft skills, passed down from generation to generation. Your guide will keep you entertained on the short boat ride to the small island of Murano, famous for its glass making traditions. Historically, Murano glassblowers were the only Europeans that knew how to create a mirror, and their skills were so valued they were banned from leaving Venice on the threat of execution. Watch a craftsman in action and listen to a description of the process in English. Learn how silica sand becomes glass, and how the glass is given color. Afterwards, there will be time to browse the huge collection of glass art, and wander the island on your own. Back on the boat, cruise to the tiny island of Burano to see the brightly-painted houses huddled tightly together along streets and canals. Burano’s main claim to fame is its centuries-old lacemaking tradition. Stroll through the streets to a small building where women feverishly stitch lace, just as their mothers and grandmothers used to do. Your guide will explain the process of this dying art. Then, you can follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and pick out your own keepsake. Or, wander the winding streets, sampling delicious cookies at local bakeries. Unlike other tours, this excursion intentionally omits Torcello to provide you with more time on Murano and Burano, and with less time on the boat or trekking inland.

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What people are saying about Murano

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

We enjoyed the personal attention and customizability of the private tour to Murano and Burano islands. The details provided by the tour guide were interesting and enlightening and she customized advice for us based on the observation that we were starting our first trip to Italy and Venice with this tour. She provided useful tips on what we might like to see and experience on Murano and Burano and in Venice after the tour.

We did the walking tour with Leo and She is just great! Very knowledgeable, knows her way around and about to perfection, very fluent in Italian, English and Spanish!!! I will give her a Diamond 6 star rate out of the 5 :) !!!

With Alessandra we really had a great guide! She gave us a wonderful tour of the islands and explained so much and all with a very charming manner. It was definitely worth it!

I liked it very much. I only have by appointment the starting point of the tour is not clear, there are no indications

the tour. the guide (olga) are great also the weather.....