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Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

1. 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.

Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

2. 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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What people are saying about Murano

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

We had a great time! Although it was rainy, we got to see the glassblowing and lacemaking and still had free time. The boat ride was nice, and our guide Christina B was amazing and both informative and funny.

If you love boating as much as I do, this is for you! An old fashioned speedboat tears around the lagoon, which is great fun if it's a bit choppy and sunny (which it was), visiting three interesting islands.

Christina B was fantastic! She was knowledgeable and entertaining. It was cold and raining but she made us forget about the weather. Loved the tour! Lisa and Gerald R.

Well-informed, friendly guide. Time to explore as well as the guided parts. Weather was not kind, but boat was warm and dry.

worth the money as it drives you across canals to interesting islands