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  • Location:Venice, Italy
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice

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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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

Kayla S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Beautiful scenery, knowledgeable guide!

Cynthia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a great tour. Our guide Francesca was very knowledgeable and friendly. She made the tour a fun time. Everyone enjoyed it.

Esther A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had a great tour guide who made the tour very enjoyable! The boat ride plus the beautiful islands were wonderful. Murano and Burano are beautiful islands that must be seen!

Fayez N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great experience. The guide, Alessandra, was very informative and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour.

Borbala M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was an awesome experience, I highly recommend it. Our tour guide, Francesca was amazing, she told us about a variety of things and facts, from agriculture, to society and warfare, mostly about Venice, but there were bits of Italian history aswell. The two islands showed us two, almost completely different worlds, and our free time allowed us to explore both. We could peek into the makings of small masterpieces, glasses and lace. Murano was more exciting, but Burano with it's colorful world, compensated it just fine. If you want to experience Venice at it's best, you definitely have to include this trip. Money well spent!

Paul G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Kristina was a great guide - very informative and fun! Everyone had a really great time. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that wants an overall quick-ish visits of Murano and Burano.

Molly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I loved this tour! Not only was this tour great to see the other islands, but was also very informative about Venice in general! Our tour guide was excellent and the islands were beautiful! I WANT TO MOVE TO BURANO! I was worried we would feel rushed, but I felt like with the free time allotted was enough. I could've used more because I am a wonderer, but all in all, it was a fantastic tour!

Tabitha M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

10/10, this was a great tour to go on especially if you have already been to Venice and want to see something different. The water taxi was very nice, the tour guide was amazing, she provided so much information about the islands, her knowledge was very impressive. It was amazing to see how they make the glass at Murano factory, all the staff were so friendly and helpful. A tad expensive but then you pay for what you get. The second trip was to Burano Island were they make the lace, the streets are so beautiful full of colour. The whole trip was approx. 4 hours long, great value for money. I would defiantly suggest this tour. Great Day out.

Tzufan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Both islands were fascinating. Our tour guide Alessandra was amazing. She was informative and friendly. After the tour, she went out of her way to help us get a table at a great seafood place nearby.

Diana P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very enjoyable ride to the Islands and guide was excellent with narrative going and coming.

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