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Venice Islands

Within the mere miles of the Venice Lagoon Islands is a sense of historical significance and beauty that Venice goers typically do not fathom prior to the city of canals. Although some may not fit the part in modern day, the several of the islands surrounding famed Venice served important roles in Italy’s development.

Today, visitors can hop on a boat and enjoy various islands and today’s existing towns—one of the most popular choices being the glass-making island of Murano, located on near the northern shore. Murano, aside from its industry, also sports an impressive canal-sides, delightful lighthouse and of course, the 12th-century Veneto-Byzantine Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato. 

Another of the lagoons famous islands, Burano, is known best for its charming canal-lined fisherman’s homes, each painted as brightly as the Venetian sky, and with an atmosphere that is intrinsically unique. 

Also be sure to visit the beautiful, yet abandoned islands of Mazzorbo, San Giorgio Maggiore and the more popular Torcello.

Practical Info

Getting around the lagoon islands is not much of a challenge once you are in beautiful Venice. Day trips out of the city are almost always available, so feel free to take one of the many waterbuses or ferries to make your way around. 

Tours & Tickets

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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3299 Reviews

Explore three famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon – Murano, Torcello and Burano – on a half-day sightseeing excursion by motorboat. Accompanied by a local ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $22.69

Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice

4.5 star rating: Recommended 371 Reviews

Discover the Venetian islands of Murano and Burano on a half-day trip from Venice! With your expert guide, you'll learn about the age-old handcrafts that ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.71

Private Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

Discover the delights of the Venetian Lagoon on this private 4-hour tour of Murano, Burano and Torcello islands in Venice. Watch skilled glassblowers at work ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.31
$134.71 Save $40.40

Venice Islands Sunset Cruise with Prosecco

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 12 Reviews

Enjoy magnificent views of the Venice islands on a 1.5-hour sunset cruise. Head out in the cool of the evening and float across St Mark’s Basin, past the ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $31.76
$45.38 Save $13.62

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