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 2568 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 (approx.)

From USD $26.07

Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice

4 star rating: Recommended 170 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: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.06

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Explore the famous islands of the Venice lagoon - Murano, Burano and Torcello - on a private half-day trip. You'll watch glass-blowers at work on Murano, shop ...  Read more

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

From USD $152.87

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