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Tour code: 3731MURANO
Explore the intricacies of two famed Italian handicrafts with a day trip from Venice to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. Watch centuries-old glassblowing techniques in Murano, and marvel at the detailed stitches of exquisite Burano lace. Your knowledgeable guide will share the history of these two artisan islands while you visit local workshops and wander the picturesque streets.

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

Situated just across the Venetian Lagoon from Venice, the lovely islands of Murano and Burano are world-renowned for their traditional artisan crafts. You’ll meet up with your guide in central Venice for the short boat ride to Murano, a picturesque grouping of islands that has been home to some of the world’s finest artisan glassblowers since the 13th century.

Visit the workshop of a local glassblower to watch delicate forms take shape from molten glass through a combination of rolling, shaping with iron tools and blowing through a long metal tube. Learn tricks of the trade, like how minerals are added to give the candy-colored vases and chandeliers of Murano their vibrant hue. Enjoy some free time on the island to explore other workshops and perhaps pick up a souvenir to take home.

Hop back on the boat for the scenic ride to Burano, where traditional lacemaking workshops are scattered among the island’s brightly colored homes. Learn about the history of Burano lace and how it was once sought after by monarchs across Europe for its exquisite quality. You’ll get a chance to watch local craftswomen creating lace through a series of finely detailed weaving and stitching, carrying on a tradition that has thrived here for centuries.

If you like, visit the Burano Lace Museum on your own to delve even deeper into the history of this elegant craft. Enjoy free time to explore the island and peruse local shops before the return boat trip to Venice.

Customer Reviews

Lorna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Super fun!!! Definitely a must do when visiting Venice

Jason B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent, very enjoyable - go to this before you buy any glass in venice.

Linda S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A thoroughly enjoyable day with 2 guides who both spoke English well and knew their subjects. The tour of the glass blowing factory and watching the master glass blower in action was superb but if you want to buy anything, then take your credit card! The glass is not cheap but it is beautiful. I bought a horse for my mum's 86th birthday and she thinks it is beautiful which it is! If you have any doubts about going, then GO!!!

Steven G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Really enjoyed the tour. The Murano glass is beautiful, and the islands are both very quaint. The tour guide was very informative and interesting.

Chelsea D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We loved this tour and would recommend it. The glass-blowing in particular was a favourite with our children. Our guide was lovely and very informative.

Jacki L United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Loved this day trip! Our tour guide, Christina, was so friendly and informative. She gave us info about each island during our boat ride over, and was helpful in recommending how we spend our time on each island. She was also helpful in telling us how to easily spot the fakes Murano-style glass from China, machine-stitched lace vs. hand stitched

The Murano glass blowing demonstration was great, the shop owner very friendly. The prices were high, since the factory you visit is one of only 3 genuine Murano glass factories, but we weren't pressured to buy. After touring the showroom we decided to shop in town, where we found very reasonable prices from another glass artist who told us about his process of making each piece. You only get an hour and a half on each island the first half hour being the demonstrations/shop tour I could have easily spent a few hours on each island. Got some great souvenirs!

The Burano demonstration was very interesting--it's incredible to hear how much time and effort goes into each piece of lace! The highlight of Burano was walking through the town and seeing the brightly colored buildings--very picturesque!

A very relaxed day, wonderful guide and great shopping. Wish I could have stayed all day!

J S B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very knowledgeable guide and 2 lovely islands to visit.

christopher m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great fun!

Lesleyanne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I met up with the guide at the Vittorio Emmanuel statue no problem and we took a boat with indoor and outdoor seating to Murano for a fascinating glass blowing demonstration. We got just under an hour to check out the town centre before we headed to Burano. We spent a few minutes hearing about the history of lace-making on the island and then had about an hour to check out the town. This was an unexpected treat and I think everyone in the group agreed. The coloured houses made for some great photos and there's nothing like walking those canals with a gelato.

Brylor

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We found the guide very knowledgeable and she made the tour very interesting. We wouldn't hesitate to book another through viator. It was very good value for money.

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