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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. 


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Day Trips

Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Water Taxi

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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private boat tour Murano & Burano

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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City Tours

3-hours private tour of Murano island

Discover Murano, just north of Venice, on a 4-hour guided tour of its charming streets and channels. You’ll learn about Murano glass, which has been produced here for centuries and has traditionally been considered some of the most exquisite glass in the world. Visit a glass factory, and then have a little time to explore the islands on your own.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Venice Luxury Private Day Tour from Rome

The romantic city of Venice, Italy - one of the gem in the North East corner of Italy. This is an ancient and very important city that was originally built on 100 small islands in the Adriatic Sea. With us, you will discover the wonders of Venice as you walk through the labyrinth of canals, bridges and alleys in this unique and magical city. This tour also includes a ride through the Venetian lagoon to explore: the island of Murano famous for its colored glass creations, where you will experience the unique experience of watching a true artisan blowing glass and the lovely island of Burano famous for its exquisite handmade lace and the brightly colored fisherman houses.
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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Visit Torcello, Murano and Burano — three islands in the Venetian Lagoon — on this tour from Venice by motorboat. With a guide, you’ll 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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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Day Cruises

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Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano lace island

Venice is famous for its UNESCO-listed lagoon, but the city’s islands are also renowned for their handicrafts. This 5-hour 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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Half-day Tours

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Excursion to Murano and Burano Including a glass of wine

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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Super Savers

Venice Combo:Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace & St. Mark's + Murano and Burano Tour

Couple up two top-selling tours in Venice with this Super Saver, a combination of two memorable experiences at a great-value price. You’ll begin on a morning walking tour of Venice’s signature sights, including skip-the-line admission to the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica, complete with entry to the first-floor terraces. Next, ride a water taxi to the islands of Murano and Burano in the lagoon. Watch Murano’s glass-blowers and Burano’s lace-makers at work, and enjoy the opportunity to buy their beautiful, quintessentially Venetian handiwork at discounted prices.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass Experience

Cruise along Venice's most famous waterway with a private, 2-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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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Murano and Burano Islands Semi-Independent Tour

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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Day Cruises

Islands of Venice Murano Burano and Torcello

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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Historical & Heritage Tours

Venice Day Trip from Milan With Hotel Pickup

Pushed for time in Italy? Then use a day in Milan to visit Venice on this 14-hour trip. Travel by coach to the ‘Floating City,’ and admire its skyline on a boat ride across Venice Lagoon. Take a walking tour around must-sees including the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square, and enjoy the afternoon to sightsee, stroll, and shop independently before a return boat trip and coach ride back to Milan. Hotel pickup included.
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Multi-day Tours

6-Day Small Group Italy Tour of Rome Florence Pisa Venice

Explore the best of Italy on a 5-night tour through Rome, Florence, Pisa, and Venice. See landmarks like the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Ponte Vecchio, the Florence Cathedral, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and much more. Travel between cities by train and admire the passing Italian countryside and enjoy a stress-free trip with all lodging, transfers, entrance tickets, and sightseeing tours included.
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Day Trips

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

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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Riva Yacht Experience by Blitz

A timeless boat born from the Italian yacht builder Cantieri Riva. An unforgotten Italian cult brand stands for luxury, elegance and comfort.Italian and foreign guests looking for uniqueness, performance, safety and status find this private yacht a perfect solution to enjoy the secret places and the rich heritage of Venetian Lagoon.An ideal open boat for swimming and sunbathing as well thanks to the famous and spacious sun pad at the stern.
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Cultural Tours

Boat tour to Murano and Burano Islands

Explore by boat—and visit two of the Venice area’s most famous islands—on this half-day tour. Your first stop is Murano, renowned for its glass art. Visit a factory, see a live glass-blowing demonstration, and shop for souvenirs before visiting the Church of Santa Maria e San Donato. Then, continue to the colorful island of Burano, where you’ll drop by a traditional lace workshop.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

The best of Venice and Murano in one day private tour on foot and by boat

If you only have a limited amount of time in Venice, this private tour ensures you spend it wisely. Explore the city and Murano by foot and by boat and enjoy the flexibility of customizing the tour to your interests and skipping the line at such top attractions as the basilica of St Mark's Basilica.
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Cultural Tours

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

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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Full-day Tours

Murano, Burano & Torcello Islands Full-Day Tour

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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Day Trips

Venice: Boat Tour to Murano and Burano with Fish Lunch

Visit two of the well-known islands in the Venice lagoon and dine on a splendid seafood lunch during this 4.5-hour 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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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Multi-day Tours

24 Hours in Venice from Milan by Train

See Venice even if you have limited time with this overnight tour from Milan. Your tour package includes round-trip train tickets, one night in a 3-star hotel with breakfast, and two popular guided activities: a walking tour and gondola ride; and a motorboat tour to the Venice islands. With the details handled ahead of time, you can relax and enjoy your visit to one of Italy’s top destinations.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day

Dining Experiences

Skip the Line: Hard Rock Cafe Venice Including Meal

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 two- or three-course meal.
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Day Trips

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Full-day excursion to Murano,Burano and Torcello from Venice

During this tour, you will discover the main islands of the lagoon having a lot of time at your disposal: Murano, with its centuries-old art of glass making, Burano with its colorful houses and Torcello, with its historical artifacts. There are two starting points: near the train station or from Riva degli Schiavoni near St Mark’s Square. Once onboard the boat, you will begin sailing heading to Murano, where you will stop for one hour and a half. Here you will visit one of the island’s glassworks and you can attend a demonstration of a master glassmaker (lasting about 15 minutes). The second stop is Burano with its colorful houses. The last stop is Torcello, where the Venetian civilization was born: the first settlements date back to the 7th century when local folks sought refuge on the island to escape the Barbarians’ invasions. At the end of the excursion, the disembarkation will be in Riva Degli Schiavoni, close to the Naval Museum in St Mark's area.
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Cultural Tours

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LUXURY ISLANDS TOUR- ONLY MURANO AND BURANO

If you’re visiting Burano for the first time, gain local insight into the waterside town on a full-day trip that includes a visit to the island of Murano. You’ll get the best views of colorful architecture from the water and stop at a glass-making factory to learn more about the local craft.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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