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Visit Torcello, Murano and Burano—three islands in the Venetian Lagoon—on this tour from Venice by motorboat. With a guide, you’ll watch glass being blown at a Murano glass factory, see historical cathedrals on Torcello and admire exquisite handmade lace on Burano. This is a great way to see more than just the central sights of Venice and enjoy a cruise on the water. Select a departure time when booking.


  • Half-day sightseeing tour of Murano, Torcello and Burano from Venice
  • Visit the three most famous islands in the Venetian Lagoon by motorboat
  • Watch master glass blowers at work at a factory on Murano
  • See Byzantine churches on Torcello—the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Church of Santa Fosca
  • Browse for lace on Burano and admire the painted houses
  • Hear commentary provided by an expert guide
  • Choose from morning and afternoon departure times

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What You Can Expect

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half Day Sightseeing Tour

Your tour from Venice to Murano, Torcello and Burano begins as you board your motorboat and set off across the Venetian Lagoon to your first stop, the island of Murano, which is actually several small isles dissected by a wide canal. Disembark the boat to walk around Murano with your guide.

Visit a glass factory, where you’ll watch a glass blower creating beautiful pieces of glassware, a Murano tradition that dates back to 1291. Hear a bit about the island’s history from your guide, who tells you about Murano’s prosperity in the 1400s and 1500s, when it was the center of glassmaking in Europe. Then go admire other sights like churches decorated with mosaics and other ornamental details.

Next, visit Torcello, an island established between the 5th and 6th centuries, to see its ornate palaces and churches. Highlights include the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the 7th century, and the excavated remnants of the baptistery in the Church of Santa Fosca. Then head to your third stop, Burano, an island known for its lace production, which dates back to the 16th century and was once the best in Europe. While you visit local shops and a museum to admire high-end lace on display, admire the island’s brightly colored fishermen’s houses.

Your tour then ends with the return boat ride to Venice.

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Customer Reviews

Yuko S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour for the tourists with limited time.

Carolyn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great trip - our tour guide kept us on track to visit all three islands and get back to St Mark's Square on time! Great glass blowing tour - truly masters of glass!

henry f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic trip we will return and spend more time on Torcello it was so relaxing.

ManiAnne A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a great tour just the time at Murano was very short.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Lovely 2.5 hour cruise despite rainy weather in the beginning. Murano glass is beautiful but expensive. The houses in Burano were pretty colorful to look at. Lovely Torcello is rich in historical churches and artifacts. Too bad there was no time to try out the Ristorante Villa 600. Maybe next time!

Jennifer W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Well worth booking. The glass factory on Murano is really neat. The artists are so incredibly talented and seeing glass blown in the traditional way is very impressive. Burano is absolutely beautiful. With a much more laid back feel than Venice and the candy coloured fisherman's houses, this was my favorite island of the three. Torcello doesn't have a lot on it other than the ancient church. However, it is a nice quiet break from the mainland. The inside of the church is gorgeous, but there are separate entrance fees for the church interior, the bell tower, and the museum so I only did the church interior.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

fantastic tour well worth visiting the islands very interesting and a great way to see around Venice

Salvatore D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This is a great tour and the islands are a wonderful addition to your time in Venice. Alessandra was fantastic. do it but don't feel under any pressure to buy anything

Lizabeth R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A great value - we went with a group of 9 and this was a fun day spent traveling to the little islands around Venice- it was well explained by the tour guides- we spent i believe 45 minutes at each island- Murano - we watched as a master glass blower created a vase and then a horse- so wonderful to see this work- Burano- the island with the brightly painted homes and the fantastic lace being made was delightful and then on to Torchello- quaint island that had a wonderful old church and a few little cafe's to sit and relax and enjoy the scenery


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

excellent tour. just needed more time in Burano and Torcello

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