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Murano: Glass Factory Experience with Tour and Demonstration

1. Murano: Glass Factory Experience with Tour and Demonstration

After you make your way to the island of Murano you’ll meet a tour provider’s representative at the Murano Faro boat station and head off on this 40-minute Murano glass experience. After a short walk you’ll reach the glass factory where a glass master will be waiting for you. A factory guide will welcome you and explain about the processes involved in glass production. The master will create an object using the blowing technique. Then, during a sculpture technique demonstration you will see how glass animals are made. The visit will continue in the shop/gallery where you can admire products made in the glass factory, including chandeliers, sculptures and an array of jewelry. You will receive a €5 discount on any purchase.

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.

Venice: Half-Day Trip to Murano and Burano

3. Venice: Half-Day Trip to Murano and Burano

Climb aboard a comfortable motorboat for a half-day trip around the Venetian islands of Murano and Burano, and discover a more local and authentic side to Venice. Depart from a pier close to St. Mark’s Square for a convenient crossing to Murano. Cross the lagoon to the “Island of Glass” as you hear fascinating stories about the city. On landing, go to one of the famous glass factories to see how the colorful glass ware is blown. Alternatively, stroll the quiet streets of the island at leisure. Continue to Burano to discover one of Venice Lagoon’s most picturesque islands. See the major sights, learn about the history of the island, before spending some free time wandering around the chocolate box houses. Admire the bright colors of the fishermen’s island and visit a typical lace museum.

Venice: Murano Island Glass Blowing Demo and Workshop

4. Venice: Murano Island Glass Blowing Demo and Workshop

Escape the hustle and bustle of Venice city center on a 2-hour tour of Murano. You're your guide in the Campo San Bartolomeo for a 15-minute walk through hidden squares and picturesque corners. Reach the boat station facing the lagoon, and jump aboard a public boat bound for Murano Island. Upon arrival, take a short walk to a glass factory, where a glass master will demonstrate the art of glass blowing to create a unique piece. Watch as he makes a 2nd piece using sculpture techniques. Then go to a mosaic or glass beads jewelry workshop to create your own piece from scratch. Work with glass elements of different shapes and colors to make a unique ornament or pendant. Create your own bracelet, key holder, or earrings. Enjoy some free time to explore the quiet streets of Murano on your own. Your guide with take you back to the boat station and advise you how to get back to your accommodation from there.

Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

5. 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.

Venice: Discover the Art of Glass Blowing

6. Venice: Discover the Art of Glass Blowing

The tour takes place at a Murano glass factory on St. Mark's Square in central Venice, where you will be told about the origins of glass blowing, and learn how Murano became the center of glass-making when the Venetian Republic ordered all the foundries relocate to protect the wooden buildings of the main city from catching fire. Murano glassmakers became the most important citizens of Venice, and throughout the ages they refined their techniques thanks to trading between the Venetian Republic and the countries of the Middle and Far East. You will admire a master glass blower at work while using traditional techniques to create marvelous glass items. At the end of the tour, receive a small glass gift as a souvenir of an unforgettable visit.

Venice, Murano, and Burano Excursion from Jesolo

7. Venice, Murano, and Burano Excursion from Jesolo

Thanks to this guided excursion to Venice, Murano and Burano from Punta Sabbioni, you can discover the wonders of the Venetian lagoon by travelling on board a comfortable motorboat. Starting from Punta Sabbioni, the boat will stop in San Marco for a few minutes before proceeding to Murano, an island renowned worldwide for its centuries-old tradition of blown glass. Accompanied by your expert guide, you will visit one of the still active kilns where you can attend a demonstration on glass working and where there will be the opportunity to buy handmade products. Afterward, you will have about an hour of free time during which you could taste some 'cicheto' or stroll through the craft shops and bridges on the canals. Next, you will be heading to Burano, the island of lace and colored houses. Here you could visit the Lace Museum, have lunch in a classic buranella trattoria and sample some typical dishes like 'risotto di gò', or go to a pastry shop and taste a 'Bussolà' and an 'Esse', the two typical cakes from Burano. Alternatively, you can visit one of the most prestigious lace exhibitions, or discover the beauty of the area, such as the leaning bell tower or the house of Bepi Suà, the most colorful and particular of the whole island. At this point, the tour will proceed to Venice, making a brief stop at Punta Sabbioni to disembark those wanting to end the tour here. Once you reach Venice, you will have free time to explore the city. You can visit St Mark's Square and its monuments, opt for a walk and an ice cream in Riva degli Schiavoni, or move to the Rialto area for a picture of the famous bridge or to do some shopping.

Murano: Glass Lampwork Workshop and Walking Tour

8. Murano: Glass Lampwork Workshop and Walking Tour

Get ready to discover Murano Island, witnessing artistry in action in its glass factories and taking part in the lampwork tradition by creating your own Venetian bead during an artisan workshop. Enrich your visit with a guided walking tour to see iconic Murano sights. Murano is one of the most visited islands in the Venice Lagoon thanks to the reputation of its glassmaking industry. During this unique hands-on experience, you’ll get to explore local glassmaking factories away from the most touristic spots. Step into one of the oldest glass factories in the world, active since 1295, and get an authentic look at lampwork and how tradition is combined with contemporary design and creativity. Far from being stuck in the past, glass making still runs in the veins of the inhabitants of the island: experience first-hand one of the oldest techniques ─ lampwork ─ thanks to a workshop run by a local artist. With an artist as your guide, walk through the secrets of this work and join a workshop where you can learn to make your own Venetian bead, taking part in keeping alive a 17th-century artistic practice (price per person is €30 to be paid on-site). You can decide to take the workshop, although is not compulsory. If you do decide to join the activity, you will get to take home the Venetian beads you created as a souvenir. Rest assured that lampwork tools and the oven are used alongside safety and protection equipment. Finally, finish off your day with a guided stroll around Murano, discovering some hidden gems, like its churches, and walking off-the-beaten-track to must-see spots.

From Venice: Murano Island and Glass-Making Private Tour

9. From Venice: Murano Island and Glass-Making Private Tour

On our private tour we discover the picturesque island of Murano and visit its interesting glass museum, a celebrated glass factory and showroom giving you an insight into the history and the fascinating art of Italian glass making. Murano is famous worldwide for its glass blowing and creating elegant Venetian pieces such as decorative vases and chandeliers. On this tour you will see a glass blowing demonstration and learn what the glass is made of and the different techniques used by the glass master. Our first stop is a visit to a famous glass furnace and discover the traditional glass blowing performance by an expert. You are also given the opportunity to visit the showroom and see all of the different types of glass on offer on the Island. If you wish to purchase at the the show room please deal directly with the person in the showroom. If you are looking for a specific piece of glass please let us know in advance so we can arrange for you to go to the glass master who specializes in that piece. Before returning to Venice there is the opportunity to take a stroll around the Island to enjoy the many shops and the scenery and learn the history of Murano glass making. Return transfer to Venice by luxury private motor launch included.

Venice: Hop-On-Hop-Off Boat with Aperitif in St. Mark's

10. Venice: Hop-On-Hop-Off Boat with Aperitif in St. Mark's

Discover the most famous places of the Venice Lagoon, aboard a panoramic eco boat with a single ticket valid for 24 hours to get on / off wherever you prefer. The main stops are the Santa Lucia Station, Punta Sabbioni, Piazza S. Marco and the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. In Murano, a visit to a glass factory is included with a demonstration of glass processing. On board you will be accompanied by the explanations of our author audio guides and you will also have different itineraries available for when you get off our eco-boats. During the day, at the time you prefer, stop in the historic Cafè al Todaro, where you can relax with an exclusive aperitif sitting on the tables in Piazza San Marco and enjoying the wonderful view of the San Marco Basin and the Island of San Giorgio.

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What people are saying about Murano

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 8 reviews

I recommend it if you want to know more islands near Venice, it was short, we visited 3 different places and the people in charge were very kind, the impressive Murano glass demonstration, Burano has a special charm and Torcello too, the boat was comfortable and spacious.

Everything was as described. The guide explained everything into 5 languages so everyone could feel comfortable. The time spent on the islands is, in my opinion, perfectly calculated for sightseeing. We enjoyed this tour very much and we highly recommend it.

It is a trip that cannot be missed, it is magical! The time on each island is enough to pick it up, walk and get lost among its streets full of color.

Beautiful, well-organized excursion, time a little short on the islands but comments in French, we are delighted.

Really good value excellent experience, a very enjoyable day’s excursion