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Venice: Murano, Burano, Torcello Island & Glass Factory Tour

1. Venice: Murano, Burano, Torcello Island & Glass Factory Tour

Sail across the emerald waters of the Venice lagoon on this full day trip to the islands of Burano, Murano and Torcello. Choose from an option with a shuttle transfer from S. Lucia Train Station to the departure point in San Marco or pick a tour option that meets in San Marco.  Hop aboard a comfortable water taxi in the morning and glide through the Lagoon of Venice. Admire views from the boat's panoramic terrace and listen to commentary from your guide.  Upon arrival at your first stop, Murano, find out why the island is renowned for its glassworks with a visit to a local glass factory. Watch a skilled artisan during a glass processing demonstration. Afterward, have approximately an hour on the island for shopping in one of the many glass shops. Next, head for Burano, which is known for its lacework and brightly colored houses. Follow your guide to the heart of the town and have 2 hours of free time to purchase a nice lunch, typical Venetian aperitifs, or get an ice cream at one of the many cafes.  Venture from Burano to Torcello, the first center of civilization in the estuary. Spend an hour of free time where you can go to see the Venetian-Byzantine mosaics at the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta. Return to San Marco in the early evening. 

Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Trip

2. Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Trip

Discover the most charming and famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon on this full-day excursion. Marvel at the beautiful surroundings of Venice and learn more about Venetian life and traditions. Start your journey in a comfortable motorboat leaving from the St. Mark's area, and move toward your first stop, the island of Murano. Stay for approximately 1.5 hours on the island and take your time to explore it on your own. Visit a glass factory and learn how glass masters create their masterpieces with a glass-blowing demonstration. Don't miss the massive Basilica of Santi Maria e Donato, one of the oldest Churches in the Venetian lagoon originally built in the 7th Century. Return to the motorboat and head to Burano Island. Immerse yourself in its quaint and colorful houses for around 1.5 hours. According to a local legend, Burano gets its rainbow appearance from the fishermen who painted their houses in bright colors to find their way home when returning from sea. The island is also known internationally for its rare artisan lace. Hop back on the motorboat, and ride to the last stop, Torcello, the first settlement in the Venetian Lagoon. During your 1-hour unguided stop, be sure to visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in 639. Take a selfie with Attila's Throne in the background, an ancient stone chair where chief magistrates were inaugurated, or go up the Bell Tower and take a beautiful picture of the surrounding area. At the end of the tour, ride back to the point of departure.

Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

3. Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

Spend some time on the most famous Venetian islands, known throughout the world for their picturesque scenery, craft traditions, and unique history. See the glass factory of Murano, lace shop on Burano, as you visit 3 different islands. Depart from near Saint Mark’s Square or Santa Lucia Train Station, and take an enjoyable trip across Saint Mark’s Basin. On the boat, a live guide will illustrate the history of the lagoon and the three islands you will visit.  Your first stop will be the island of Murano, sometimes referred to as the “Island of the Glass.” Spend 30 minutes visiting one of its famous glass factories and see the glass being manufactured and blown.  Enjoy about 15 minutes of free time on Murano before heading to Torcello, the most ancient of the inhabited islands. Continue to Burano, admiring the natural environment and the minor islands spread all around you. Enjoy some free time in Burano, a typical fishing island with colorful contrasts and chocolate-box painted houses. Look out, too, for much evidence of its renowned lace-making and embroidery industry, and try some of Burano’s notable homemade cakes. Please note that once on the ground, this is not a guided tour. The guide will escort you to the glass factory in Murano and the lace shop in Burano. Afterward, you will have time to explore each island on your own.

Venice: Murano, Burano, and Torcello Islands Boat Trip

4. Venice: Murano, Burano, and Torcello Islands Boat Trip

Departing from Venice, travel across the lagoon to visit the islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Choose excursion options with visits to either 2 or 3 islands. Visit a glass factory on Murano Island and enjoy live commentary aboard your boat. Depart from either the St. Mark's Square area or from the railway station and begin your journey. Board a panoramic boat and leave towards the northern part of the lagoon. The first stop will be Murano Island, famous for its glass production and picturesque views.  Here, have the chance to visit a glass factory and observe a local artist giving shape to a glass piece of art. Let yourself be amazed by Murano Island, but also remember to get back in time to the boat to leave for the next highlight. The next stop is Burano Island, famous for its colorful houses. Apart from being a paradise for photography lovers, it is home to a long tradition of lace production. Enough free time will be left to stroll around the island and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere that can still be found here.  If you have chosen the option for the Three Islands, the next stop is Torcello, known as the Mother of Venice. You have the chance to visit the Basilica, which is one of the oldest in the Lagoon and holds some beautiful mosaics, or maybe visit the museum. If not you can just spend your time walking around this enchanting and very historical island.  With eyes full of beauty and camera cards full of memories to cherish, you will then catch your motorboat ride back to Venice.

Venice: Burano, Murano, & Torcello Boat Tour w/Glassblowing

5. Venice: Burano, Murano, & Torcello Boat Tour w/Glassblowing

Discover some of the most famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon on this full-day boat tour. Travel with your guide through Venice Lagoon on a panoramic vessel and enjoy the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Start your day of adventure by boarding a comfortable panoramic boat as you set off from St. Mark's. Learn about the islands from your host along the way. Take in the sights of this ancient city for around 30 minutes until you reach your first destination, Murano. Enjoy a glass-blowing demonstration with a glass master accompanied by a historical explanation of the craft. Stop by the souvenir store at the glass factory and enjoy an exclusive 20% discount on your purchases. Your scheduled time in Murano also includes free time to explore on your own. Leave Murano behind as you travel to the nearby island of Burano. Witness the quaint and colorful houses that dot the island and observe the lace makers at work. Become acquainted with their rare skill which is considered some of the finest worldwide. Stop for a bite to eat during your time in Burano and taste some of the local biscotti that are native to the island. Travel to your final stop, Torcello. Enjoy a 1-hour visit to the island and visit historical landmarks such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Attila's Throne, the Devil's Bridge, and the Bell Tower. Finish your adventure with a 1-hour trip back to Venice taking in the breathtaking ambiance of the Venetian lagoon.

Murano, Burano, and Torcello Trip by Motorboat

6. Murano, Burano, and Torcello Trip by Motorboat

Discover the artistic heart of Venice on an unforgettable cruise by motorboat. Get stunning views of the lagoon from the panoramic boat as you cruise towards the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Enjoy an audio guide with a digital map to discover the history and legends of the 3 islands by your self, and take marvelous pictures of Venice and its lagoon. See the 16th-century Benedictine monastery on San Giorgio Maggiore and pass the famous Venice Lido before arriving at Murano. Visit one of the glass-blowing factories of its glass manufacturing industry, known throughout the world for its refined techniques and use of color.  Continue to the neighboring island of Burano and admire the brightly painted fishermen’s houses. See some of the lace products made on the island, and then sail to the sparsely populated island of Torcello, where the estuary was first settled in 452 AD. Admire the mosaics of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, and see the adjacent Church of Santa Fosca as the only reminders of the island glorious past.

Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

7. 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.

From Venice: 6-Hour Boat Tour of Murano, Burano & Torcello

8. From Venice: 6-Hour Boat Tour of Murano, Burano & Torcello

Board a panoramic vessel in Venice and set sail to Murano, renowned for its glass manufacturing industry. Enjoy a fascinating visit to a glass furnace and admire this ancient art form up close. Make use of free time to stroll around the island at you leisure. Visit the Murano Glass Museum and the byzantine church of San Donato. Afterwards, hop back onboard and cruise to the picturesque Burano, an island famous for its hand-made laces and brightly coloured fisherman’s houses. If you’ve worked up an appetite, treat yourself to lunch on the island. Next, depart to Torcello island, the most ancient historical settlement in the Venetian lagoon region. Admire the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta and the Church of Santa Fosca before heading back to Venice.

Venice: Murano, Burano, and Torcello Private Boat Tour

9. Venice: Murano, Burano, and Torcello Private Boat Tour

Enjoy a private half-day excursion by Venetian motorboat to the Venice Lagoon islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the comfortable motorboat, featuring shelter from the sun, a soft sofa, and a 360-degree view. Admire the flora and fauna of the lagoon as you cruise to Murano, where you can admire the romance and beauty of the 9th-century cathedral of St. Donato. Then, take a short stroll to a glass factory to watch expert glass blowers at work. Next, sail over to the colorful island of Burano, a small gem of the Venice Lagoon with its silent streets and brightly painted houses. Try an authentic bussola biscuit while you are there. Continue to Torcello to explore one of the first populated islands of the Venice Lagoon. Today, due to its distance from Venice, the island is largely used to cultivate artichokes. Marvel at the islands from the comfort of your boat, or on land, before the transfer back to San Marco.

Venice: Private Murano, Burano & Torcello Tour

10. Venice: Private Murano, Burano & Torcello Tour

Departure by private water taxi will take you across the lagoon to the well-known island of Murano. Famous for its glassmaking since the 10th century, visit one of Murano’s quality glass works. Whilst watching one of the glass masters blowing the glass in the furnace of the glassworks, your local guide will explain to you the history and the process of glassmaking throughout the years. After this, you will have time to visit their elegant show rooms. Then by private water taxi crossing the northern part of the lagoon, you will arrive at the colorful island of Burano, famous for its brightly colored houses, fishing industry and also its lacemaking. You will have time to walk around this elegant little island and also visit its shops. Your guide will point out to you one of the specialized shops where it will be possible to see one of the local ladies working on Burano lace. She will show you the different stitches involved in the making these wonderful works of art. Then leave the Island of Burano and take a short boat ride to the island of Torcello known as the “mother of Venice.” You will have the chance to visit the basilica, which is one of the oldest in the lagoon and holds some beautiful mosaics, or maybe visit the museum. If not, you can just spend your time walking around this enchanting and historical island. Then, on your return to Venice, you may wish to continue exploring the rest of the city with a walking tour or be dropped back off at your hotel.  

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What people are saying about Torcello

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This was a very quick tour (and time could feel very limited for some), but thought that the price was worth it (since you’ll pretty much pay the same if you just buy tickets on your own — but at least figuring out your itinerary would be one less problem). At least I got to see all these beautiful places even for a short time!

Very cheerful and helpful guide. Murano and Burano island are breath taking. We took a lots of photo and bought most of our gifts for friends from the island. Our guide spoke four languages but she did it too fast on the boat, it was hard to hear her.

A truly amazing experience. Not to missed if visiting Venice. Very well organised and punctual. Very good value for money. Would highly recommend

Well arranged Except for no marking for start Some one with flag of tour present would help Every one was lost trying to find the right queue

Amazing day!!! My mom and I had the time of our lives. Money well spent. Learnt a lot while experiencing beautiful scenery.