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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 September 2015

Fantastic tour loved BURANO Island and MURANO glass factory but the two tour ladies were great and informative nice casual approach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Really great tour, loved the gorgeous boat and the ride was amazing. The murano glass is unbelievably expensive, as is the lace, so dont count on buying much unless you have a huge budget.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Loved this tour. Perfect length to see both islands, and nice boat trip there and back. Our tour guide was super informative and friendly, seemed to really enjoy her job. No pressure to buy at any of the featured factories/stores. A great way to spend the afternoon!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Loved it! It was wonderful!
If you want a little more time to explore Burano then don't waste so much time in the gift shop after the glass blowing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

plenty of time to explore both islands with no pressure to buy anything

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The Murano glassworks was fascinating and the showroom at the glassworks had that amazing wow! factor when you walk in. Loved it so much we bought a beautiful piece of glass for our 30th Anniversary. Burano lace industry was also interesting, but the streets and colourful houses gave some of the best photos of our holiday. Well worth the price!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour! I got much more out of it than expected. The staff and tour guide was helpful and friendly. I learned about Venetian history and foods. It felt like a cultural education as well as an interesting tour!
Thank you so much!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was spectacular to see on both islands

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Murano and Burano are great islands to see. The boat ride to Murano is about 45 minutes. The glass blowing demonstration was awesome but hot. The lace demonstration was a little boring but Burano is an awesome island with the colorful houses. We highly recommend this tour.

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!

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