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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
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 brought these little islands fame, and you’ll see quality Murano glass and Burano lace being made first-hand. It’s the perfect afternoon trip from Venice for those seeking a combination of history and behind-the-scenes action!

Highlights

  • Half-day Murano and Burano tour from Venice
  • Watch local craftsmen at work in a Murano glass workshop
  • Browse an impressive collection of glass artwork
  • See Burano lace being made by local islanders
  • Visit the Burano Lace Museum independently

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What You Can Expect

Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice

Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice

After meeting in central Venice, your full-day tour starts with a short ride to Murano by boat. Famed for its stunning Murano glass products, the cluster of little islands that comprise Murano are as popular for their glassmaking heritage as they are for their attractiveness.

With your friendly guide, head straight to a glassblower's workshop for an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at a Murano glassmaker in action. As the craftsman goes about his daily business, you'll learn how finished glass is carefully prepared and made. Watch the silica sand turn to glass, discover how the bright colors (typical of Murano glass) are achieved and hear all the highs and lows of working as a glassblower in Murano!

You'll have time to spend at leisure on Murano – a great opportunity to browse the workshop's impressive glass art collection or simply explore on your own.

Next, head to the neighboring island of Burano, where you'll be greeted by its vibrantly colored fishermen's houses that line the streets. Just as Murano is famous for its glassmaking, Burano is famous for its lacemaking. Visit a local workplace to see the island's craftswomen at work. Almost exclusively made by women, Burano lace is the finished product of a painstakingly precise textile craft. As you watch, your guide will talk about the history of this exquisite Venetian lace and explain how the handcrafted finery is sadly becoming a dying art.

Before your half-day trip comes to an end, you can independently visit the fascinating Burano Lace Museum (Museo del Muretto), a modern museum that showcases this age-old craft, or spend time exploring the island. Stroll through the colorful little streets, take photos or browse the shops for a lace keepsake to take home!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The glass-blowing tour in Murano is amazing, a must-see. So was our trip to Burano, it's not your grandmother's doily lace, it's lovely. The towns are colorful, and fun to check out, and the boat ride spectacular. This was a last minute tour for our family of four and we're so glad we booked it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Really beautiful island . Francesca our guide gave us lots of information on Venice and its Islands... if you can choose your tour guide .... the glass factory was really a good choice

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We enjoyed our tour immensely! Seeing the glass making at Murano and the lace making at Burano was quite an experience. Most of all, we were blown away by the beauty of Burano, easily our favorite place we visited in the Venice area. The vibrant colors were beautiful. It is such a quaint little place. We highly recommend taking this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was amazing. Our tour guides Francesco and Freddie from Walkabout was very informative and the tour was well organized. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our experience was outstanding! Our tour lady was excellent and she was very informative. When we were on the boat, she was advising additional information regarding the tour and the other islands.

We very much enjoyed our tour with her!!
Thank you very much!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Lovely tour of Murano and Burano! 2 beautiful and charming islands of Venice that offer a nice contrast to the busy streets and canals of mainland Venice. The glass factory tour was more interesting than the lace factory tour, but the island of Burano is definitely a must-visit destination while in Venice.

We took 2 tours in Venice this one and the Walking Tour w/Gondola ride. I have to say, the pride the tour guides have in living in Venice really shows. You really feel that when meeting other Venetians as well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tour Guide was great. Very open and friendly in sharing her own experiences with Venice. Taxi rides to islands was another good experience compared to the overcrowded Water Busses. Plenty of time on each island for a very simple feeling of the islands. The Lace making was not that exciting but cool to see the woman doing her thing sewing the lace. The houses were a bit more interesting than the lace, on Burano island. Cool to see such a mellow and beautiful lifestyle on that island. The colors and doorways with flowing cloth covers was a memorable experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was excellent. Our tour guide Fredericka was extremely knowledgeable as well as fun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A delightful tour. just wished there was a bit more time on the islands. a A photographic treasure on Burano

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Roberta was amazing! She is so knowledgable about Venice and the history, we learned so much about Venice from her. Thank you for a great tour! Seeing how they blow glass at Murano was incredible but Burano was our favorite little fisherman village with beautiful colorful houses. Highly recommended!

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