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Venetian Lagoon (Laguna Veneta)
Venice is a patchwork of many islands in the Venetian Lagoon (Laguna Veneta), an enclosed bay on the Adriatic Sea that covers 212 square miles (549 square kilometers). After visiting the main Venetian islands, take a boat trip across the shallow lagoon to the outlying islands of Burano, Murano, and Torcello.

The Basics
Italy’s Venetian Lagoon was formed by nature thousands of years ago, but human intervention over the past centuries—including hydraulic projects to prevent the lagoon from becoming a marsh and the drainage and construction of islands—has shaped the bay into what it is today.

The most popular way to explore the lagoon is by motorboat cruise from the city of Venice to quieter nearby islands such as Burano, famous for its lace and colorful buildings; Murano, known for its glass production; and Torcello, thought to be one of the first inhabited islands in the lagoon. For a romantic evening on the lagoon, opt for a Venice sunset cruise or a gondola ride along the canals in Venice proper fed by the waters of the lagoon.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Most Venetian Lagoon cruises last about half a day (four hours), giving you time to disembark on each island and explore.
  • Confirm wheelchair accessibility for lagoon boat tours ahead of time.
  • Be sure to bring sunscreen and a hat if touring by boat during the summer months.
  • The waters of the lagoon are generally quite calm, so cruises can be pleasant even for those who suffer from motion sickness. 

How to Get There
The Venetian Lagoon straddles the provinces of Venice and Padua in northern Italy, but by far the easiest and most popular way to reach the lagoon is via the city of Venice either by plane, train, or car.

When to Get There
The lagoon can be choppy in winter, so the best time to cruise the waters is May to September, with the additional benefit of escaping the crowds that invade the main islands during these months. Venice has a number of festivals that take place in whole or in part on the lagoon; the most spectacular are Carnival in January and February, the Festa del Redentore in July, and the Festa della Madonna della Salute in November.

Acqua Alta
The water level in the Venetian lagoon varies dramatically during the year. Often, Venice experiences acqua alta (high water) in the wet winter months, when sea waters flood the low-lying areas of the city along the Grand Canal, including Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Market. The city sets up raised wooden walkways during acqua alta, so people can get around the flooded portions of the city without getting their feet wet.
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Private Excursion by Typical Venetian Motorboat to Murano, Burano and TorcelloSailing Trips

Private Excursion by Typical Venetian Motorboat to Murano, Burano and Torcello

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Discover three of the most beautiful islands in the Venetian Lagoon on a private, half-day tour aboard a typical Venetian motorboat. See where the world’s finest blown glass is made in Murano, visit the home of artisan lace makers and famous biscuits in Burano and set foot on Venice’s oldest settlements in serene Torcello. Enjoy a customizable itinerary and the personalized attention of a private boat captain.
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Venice Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian BoatSunset Cruises

Venice Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

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Sail across the Venetian Lagoon on this romantic, 2-hour sunset cruise. Get a new perspective on the towering cathedrals and historic palazzos that line the isles of Venice from aboard a traditional Venetian boat. Pop open a half bottle of Prosecco and soak up the glorious sights of St Mark’s Basin and Venice Lido bathed in the golden light of sunset. Tour numbers are limited to 11 people to ensure an intimate, personalized experience.
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Private Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day TourPorts of Call Tours

Private Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Tour

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Take a private tour of the Venetian Lagoon and visit the enchanting islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Tour a glassblower’s workshop in Murano, and discover the traditional art of lacemaking in Burano. See medieval churches while learning about the ancient history of Torcello, Venice’s earliest settlement and a tranquil escape from the typical tourist path. Enjoy the dedicated attention of your private guide on this 4-hour tour.
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4-hour Motorboat Cruise to Venice Lagoon Islands Murano Burano and TorcelloCultural 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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Explore the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Half-Day TourCultural 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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Private Tour: Venice Walk, Gondola, and Private Boat Tour ending on Murano Island with Venetian Lunch and Glass Factory VisitPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Venice Walk, Gondola, and Private Boat Tour ending on Murano Island with Venetian Lunch and Glass Factory Visit

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Let a local guide show you the ancient grandeur and hidden enchantment of Venice on a private, 6-hour tour. Step inside the majestic Doge’s Palace to see where the republic’s mighty rulers once lived, and explore the city’s romantic canals on a private gondola ride. Then cruise across the Venetian Lagoon to the colorful island of Murano, where you’ll enjoy a delicious seafood lunch and a private demonstration by a master glassblower.
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Private Cruise: Wine Tasting on the Islands from VeniceDay Cruises

Private Cruise: Wine Tasting on the Islands from Venice

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When in Venice, taste something truly different with this private island wine tour. Cruise across the Venetian Lagoon to the seldom-visited islands of Sant’Erasmo and Mazzorbo, where ancient vineyards and the cool, salty climate produce distinctive wines. Taste these unique varietals among historic fruit orchards and vegetable gardens while learning about the long history of winemaking in the Venetian Republic.
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Private Cruise: Cocktail Cruise on Venice Lagoon

Cap off a day in in one of the world’s most romantic cities with a private, 2-hour cocktail cruise on the Venetian Lagoon. Get a fantastic new perspective on St Mark’s Square from aboard a private motorboat, or request to cruise around the lagoon while an expert driver navigates. Enjoy a glass of sparkling prosecco or a locally favored spritz, along with light appetizers, as twilight falls across the marvelous maritime landscape.
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Private Cruise: Venetian SunsetSunset Cruises

Private Cruise: Venetian Sunset

Spend an unforgettable evening cruising across the Venetian Lagoon on a private sunset boat tour. Relax on deck while an expert skipper handles the navigation, and get a new perspective on the city’s iconic monuments bathed in the changing, golden light. Sip a glass of sparkling prosecco and soak up the romantic atmosphere as day becomes twilight across one of Italy’s most magical cities.
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Private Cruise: Southern Venice Lagoon Fishing VillagesDay Cruises

Private Cruise: Southern Venice Lagoon Fishing Villages

Expand your Venice experience with a 6-hour cruise through the lagoon to visit fishing villages and lesser-known islands.
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Private Cruise: Swimming in the Lagoon of VeniceSailing Trips

Private Cruise: Swimming in the Lagoon of Venice

For a uniquely refreshing adventure in Venice, take a dip in the famous Venetian Lagoon! Climb aboard a private motorboat that will whisk you away to the lagoon’s best swimming spots, known only by locals. Jump right off the deck into water that’s clear and clean, thanks to the fresh flow of sea currents and freedom from major boat traffic. Along the journey, soak up a new perspective of Venice’s waterside highlights and surrounding islands.
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