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Murano
Of Venice’s 100-plus outlying islands, the group that forms Murano is the most famous. This tight cluster of small islands has been the center of the Floating City’s historic glassmaking industry since 1291, when the city center’s glass factories were forcibly moved across the lagoon—just north of Venice proper—after a number of devastating fires. Today, travelers visit Murano to see how expertly trained artisans blow glass into exquisite stemware, chandeliers, vases, and sculptures. Those particularly interested in the history of glassmaking should stop by the Museo del Vetro, which traces the art back to ancient Egypt.

The Basics
The best way to visit Murano is on a boat tour of the Venice islands. These tours make stops on Murano to see traditional glassblowing the island of Burano, famous for its lace-making; and Torcello, believed to be the first populated island in the Venetian lagoon. Private tours let you enjoy a boat ride across the waters of the lagoon, visits to artisan workshops and factories accompanied by an expert tour guide, and a bit of free time for shopping and exploring without having to navigate Venice’s complex vaporetto (ferry) system between the islands.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Be sure to bring your camera, as Murano glassblowing and Burano lace-making demonstrations make for great photos.
  • Murano glass and Burano lace are both famous for their impeccable craftsmanship and quality—and prices reflect that. Be wary of “bargain” prices, which often mean counterfeit goods.
  • Murano’s glass shops are known for their hard-sell techniques, which can be uncomfortable. To avoid being strong-armed, always book your Venice islands tour through a reputable company.

How to Get There
From St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), take vaporetto (ferry) 4.1 from the San Zaccaria stop, or a private water taxi from the Grand Canal boat launch, just steps from St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.

When to Get There
The Venice islands are most crowded in summer. From November through February, Venice is relatively quiet, though the temperatures can make for a chilly boat trip across the lagoon.
 
There Be Dragons
Murano’s seventh-century Basilica di Santa Maria e San Donato, one of the oldest in Venice, is famous for its exquisite Byzantine mosaics. It’s also known for what’s on display behind the altar: four massive rib bones said to be from a dragon slain by St. Donatus in Greece. 


Address: Venice, Italy
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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing TourHalf-day Tours

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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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, 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.
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Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private BoatDay Trips

Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Boat

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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.
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Excursion to Murano and Burano Including a glass of wineDay Trips

Excursion to Murano and Burano Including a glass of wine

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Visit the artisan islands of Murano and Burano on this hassle-free tour from Venice. Sail across the Venetian Lagoon to Murano for a look at the 12th-century San Donato Church and a traditional Venetian glassblowing workshop, then hop back on the boat for the short trip to Burano. Explore on a guided walking tour and enjoy free time to shop or grab lunch.
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Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano lace islandDay Cruises

Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano lace island

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Venice is famous for its UNESCO-listed lagoon, but the city’s islands are also renowned for their handicrafts. This half-day cruise by private boat stops at Murano Island, to watch a thrilling glass-blowing demonstration, and Burano Island, to visit a lace-making factory.
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Murano and Burano Islands Semi-Independent TourHalf-day Tours

Murano and Burano Islands Semi-Independent Tour

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Explore the Venetian Lagoon at your own pace on a semi-independent tour and cruise to the islands of Murano and Burano. Discover Murano’s rich glass-making heritage as you peek into a glass-blowing workshop, then enjoy free time to take in the rest of the island. Next, grab your camera and set off to admire the colourful houses and serene canals of Burano, one of Venice’s most photogenic spots. Your self-guided tour includes round-trip transport by motorboat, plus multilingual assistance on-board.
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Islands of Venice Murano Burano and TorcelloDay Cruises

Islands of Venice Murano Burano and Torcello

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Expand your Venice itinerary with a half-day cruise to three of the most enchanting islands in the Venetian Lagoon. Watch a glass-blowing demonstration in Murano, see the lace workshops and colorful fishermen’s homes in Burano, and set foot on Venice's oldest settlement in Torcello. It’s a convenient way to venture off the beaten path without the hassle of navigating Venice’s complex public transport.
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4-hour Motorboat Cruise to Venice Lagoon Islands Murano Burano and TorcelloHalf-day Tours

4-hour Motorboat Cruise to Venice Lagoon Islands Murano Burano and Torcello

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Immerse yourself in the dreamy landscapes of the Venetian Lagoon on this half-day island-hopping cruise from Venice. See a different side to the city as you cruise around Murano, Burano and Torcello islands by motorboat. Hop off along the way to discover the glass-making heritage of Murano, snap photos of picturesque Burano and spot landmarks like Devil's Bridge and Attila’s throne on Torcello.
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private boat tour Murano & Burano Half-day Tours

private boat tour Murano & Burano

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As well as Venice, there are many other beautiful islands surrounding it, including Murano and Burano. Explore these two islands in a day by going on a private boat tour. No need to navigate to a meeting place in Venice, as a private speedboat picks you up from your hotel. See the island known for being the home of the glass masters—Murano, and the colorful fisherman village of Burano.
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Private Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass ExperienceDay Cruises

Private Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass Experience

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Cruise along Venice's most famous waterway with a private, 1-hour boat tour of the Grand Canal, followed by a trip across the Venetian Lagoon to the renowned glass-blowing island of Murano. Zip alongside magnificent palazzos and soak up the quiet charm of smaller canals as your driver relates the legends and history of 'the floating city.' In Murano, watch master glassblowers at a factory workshop and admire intricate finished pieces at the showroom.
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Murano and Burano VIP Venice Boat Tour Day Cruises

Murano and Burano VIP Venice Boat Tour

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Spend a half-day exploring the beautiful islands of the Venetian lagoon on this small-group boat tour of Murano and Burano. Learn about Murano's history of glass blowing and Burano's traditional lace making. See the colorful houses of Burano and enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco, wine, or soft drink. Pick up and drop off from central Venice.
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Venice: Boat Tour to Murano and Burano with Fish LunchDay Cruises

Venice: Boat Tour to Murano and Burano with Fish Lunch

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Visit two of the well-known islands in the Venice lagoon and dine on a splendid seafood lunch during this half-day boat tour of Murano and Burano. Explore the islands famous for glass and lace, respectively, traveling by boat through the lagoon. Savor local seafood during lunch in a traditional osteria in Burano.
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Murano, Burano & Torcello Islands Full-Day TourDay Trips

Murano, Burano & Torcello Islands Full-Day Tour

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Escape the crowds of tourists that congregate around Venice's most famous attractions by heading out onto the water to the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Learn about Murano's glass-making heritage, stroll by the colorful houses of Burano, and soak up the scene on Torcello, the most ancient settlement on the Venetian Lagoon.
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Explore the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Half-Day TourHalf-day Tours

Explore the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Half-Day Tour

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See a different side to Venice on this half-day island-hopping cruise around the Venetian Lagoon, visiting the islands of Murano, Torcello and Burano. Discover the secrets of the world-famous Murano glass as you peek into the island’s glass-blowing workshops; admire the colorful houses and fishing villages of laid-back Burano, and marvel over the Byzantine treasures of historic Torcello.
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Island Hopping Private Tour to Mazzorbo, Burano, & MuranoFull-day Tours

Island Hopping Private Tour to Mazzorbo, Burano, & Murano

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Visit three small islands located near Venice on a half-day tour led by your own private guide. Discover the natural beauty and artisan traditions of Mazzorbo, Burano, and Murano as you cruise between the islands and visit fisherman towns, a glassmaking studio, and picturesque destinations such as Santa Caterina's Church. Disembark to walk through small towns with stunning scenery, and enjoy a coffee at a local cafe.
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Murano, Burano, and Torcello Islands Public Cruise from VeniceHalf-day Tours

Murano, Burano, and Torcello Islands Public Cruise from Venice

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Cruise around the Venetian islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello on this daytime cruise. After leaving the city, you'll pass San Giorgio Maggiore on the way to Murano, an island known for its artisan glass. Visit one of the glass factories, then cruise onward to Burano where candy-colored fishermen houses and the famous Burano lace await. Your final visit is to the nearby island of Torcello, where you'll have free time to visit its striking cathedral.
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 Murano glass and art private tour by boat and on footHalf-day Tours

Murano glass and art private tour by boat and on foot

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This is the perfect tour if you desire to spend half day in the quite island of Murano and admire the most beautiful artistic glass that made famous Murano during the centuries. After a short trip by private boat you will arrive to Murano island to discover the art of glass making together with a local Venetian high qualified guide. You will learn about the history of glass and Murano and have the opportunity to admire a real glass master working in the factory. You will see the differente Technic that made Murano so famous all over the world. You will explore the small island and visit the church of San Pietro martire with paintings of Venetian master like Veronese and Tintoretto.
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Full Day Tour to 5 Islands: Murano, Burano, Torcello, Vineyard tour & tastingDay Trips

Full Day Tour to 5 Islands: Murano, Burano, Torcello, Vineyard tour & tasting

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Explore five islands of the Venetian Lagoon including a guided tour of a medieval island monastery, a walking tour of Torcello and its cathedral, a visit and wine tasting at a hidden island winery, a walk through Burano and its colorful homes, and a glassmaking demonstration at Murano. You’ll experience the less crowded side of Venice that others don’t get to see, without the pressured shopping experience found on ‘budget’ island tours, on a small group tour excursion with a local Venetian guide.
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Skip the Line: Hard Rock Cafe Venice Including MealDining Experiences

Skip the Line: Hard Rock Cafe Venice Including Meal

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Beat the crowds at the Hard Rock Cafe in Venice for a rock ‘n’ roll night out complete with stunning canal views. Skip the long line when you arrive and head straight to your table. Enjoy classic American fare surrounded by memorabilia from all your favorite musicians, and customize your experience with your choice of a 2- or 3-course meal.
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Private Excursion by Motorboat to the Islands of Murano, Burano and TorcelloHalf-day Tours

Private Excursion by Motorboat to the Islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello

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Let a private guide lead you to three islands in the Venetian Lagoon famed for their traditional arts and crafts. A motorboat zips you away from your departure point to see the glassblowing of Murano, lace and biscuits of Burano, and cathedrals of Torcello. This 4-hour excursion departs in the morning with your group of up to 10 passengers.
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Discovering the gems of the lagoonDay Cruises

Discovering the gems of the lagoon

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Venture outside the tourist areas of Venice and explore the islands of the Venetian Lagoon on a guided boat tour. With this tour, you’ll set out from a pier conveniently located near St. Mark’s square to visit the islands of Murano and Burano. You’ll tour a glass factory and watch a glass blowing artist in action in Murano, and enjoy free time strolling the colorful canals and browsing the artisan shops of Burano.
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Grand Canal Boat Private Tour: Murano and Burano 4 hrsDay Cruises

Grand Canal Boat Private Tour: Murano and Burano 4 hrs

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Glide through some of Venice's most famous waterways with a private 4-hour boat tour of the Grand Canal, Murano, and Burano. Watch glass blowers at work on Murano and lace makers on Burano. Travel by private motor boat along the picturesque Grand Canal.
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Full-day Boat Tour of Venice Islands from St Mark’s SquareDay Cruises

Full-day Boat Tour of Venice Islands from St Mark’s Square

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Many visitors to Venice never explore beyond the Grand Canal, but the outlying islands of Burano, Murano, and Torcello are home to traditional crafts, fascinating history, and striking scenery. With this tour, visit all three by setting sail from the train station or Riva degli Schiavoni near St. Mark’s Square. See a glass-blowing demonstration on Murano, learn about traditional lace on Burano, and see where the first lagoon settlements were located on Torcello.
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Venice Full Day tour with Murano or BuranoDay Trips

Venice Full Day tour with Murano or Burano

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Discover the hidden gems of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Venice on this action-packed walking tour.
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Sunset Boat Tour with Spritz

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Escape the crowded streets and see Venice from a different angle to most tours—from the water. Soak up the sights of the city, including St. Mark's Square, as you enjoy a typical Venetian aperitif and appetizers while the sun sets over the Venetian Lagoon.
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