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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Venezia, Italy
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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 4 more

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Overview

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.
  • Half-day sightseeing tour of Murano, Torcello, and Burano from Venice
  • Visit the three most famous islands in the Venetian Lagoon by motorboat
  • Watch master glass blowers at work at a factory on Murano
  • See Byzantine churches on Torcello— the Church of Santa Fosca
  • Browse for lace on Burano and admire the painted houses
  • Hear commentary provided by an expert guide
  • Choose from morning and afternoon departure times

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This affordable boat tour zips you to a trio of the most interesting Venetian islands without a hitch.
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Professional guide
Visit a glass-blowing factory at Murano
Travel by shared motor boat between Venice, Murano, Burano and Torcello
Entrance fees to Torcello Church
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

1: Giardini Ex Reali, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
2: Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia, 30121 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your tour from Venice to Murano, Torcello, and Burano begins as you board your motorboat and set off across the Venetian Lagoon to your first stop, the island of Murano, which is actually several small isles dissected by a wide canal. Disembark the boat to walk around Murano with your guide.

Visit a glass factory, where you watch a glassblower creating beautiful pieces of glassware, a Murano tradition that dates back to 1291. Hear a bit about the island’s history from your guide, who tells you about Murano’s prosperity in the 1400s and 1500s, when it was the center of glassmaking in Europe. Then go admire other sights like churches decorated with mosaics and other ornamental details.

Next, visit Torcello, an island established between the 5th and 6th centuries, to see its ornate palaces and churches. Highlights include the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the 7th century, and the excavated remnants of the baptistery in the Church of Santa Fosca. Then head to your third stop, Burano, an island known for its lace production, which dates back to the 16th century and was once the best in Europe. While you visit local shops and a museum to admire high-end lace on display, admire the island’s brightly-colored fishermen’s houses.

Your tour then ends with the return boat ride to Venice.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Laguna di Venezia
Navigate through the Venetian Lagoon to reach the islands and enjoy the view!
Stop At:  
Isola di Murano
The island of Murano is the first stop of this excursion: you will have a chance to enter a glass factory and see the masters working the glass as they have been doing for centuries and then visit the center of the island.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Isola di Burano
Second stop of this half day excursion is Burano, famous for the colorful fishermen's houses and for the traditional handmade laces.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Torcello Island
Torcello is the third and last stop of this tour. The island is the first to be inhabited in the Venetian lagoon and still shows the traces of its origins.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Chiesa di Santa Fosca
The church of Santa Fosca stands in the main square of Torcello and is a fine example of venetian-byzantine style.
Stop At:  
Trono di Attila
In the middle of Torcello stands the ancient Attila's throne.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ponte del Diavolo
Cross the Devil's Bridge which still preserves the shape of the ancient Venetian bridges
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Piazza San Marco
The boat leaves from St'Mark's Square, which you will have the chance to admire from a different perspective.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The time spent on each island is between 30 to 40 minutes
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note that the tour departs also from Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station 30 minutes before the departure time from San Marco Giardinetti. Please exchange your voucher at the Alilaguna ticket office in front of platform n°2 STRICTLY 15 minutes before the departure time.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bucintoro Viaggi

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Bring your passport as there were some police on the islands randomly checking." See review
  • "It's inexpensive so don't expect anything too spectacular, the scenery does that for you!" See review

Reviews

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star-4
Nice day
Alexandra_M
, Oct. 2020
Definitely a nice day - there is not a ton to do in each of these islands, nor does the time frame allow you to sit down and have a meal. Make sure you bring snacks with you. Still, for the price, it was a lovely boat ride and we really enjoyed ourselves.
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Venice island tours
Dipesh_K
, Sep. 2020
This was an excellent half day tour. Directions to redeem the ticket were clear and we were happy with the service overall. The boat for the tour was good quality and the audio service on the boat was descriptive and informative! Would recommend definitely!
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Good value, well run and a great trip.
Peter_C
, Sep. 2020
Good value and a great way to experience a short taste of each of these lovely islands on the lagoon. The demonstration of glass blowing on Murano was particularly good and well presented. Time on each island is a little limited, but it did give us ideas for where to travel (and stay) in the future. Would definitely recommend.
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Murano Burano and Tichello
Pearl_A
, Sep. 2020
Glass blowing was amazing and while the tour was itself packed with information there was little time on each island to rally experience them would be better as a longer day trip in my view
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Good value for money
Sievers
, Sep. 2020
Good value for money as tour is really half a day.. Worth visiting these islands if in Venice. Interesting commentary and helpful guide.
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Okayish
Fykes
, Aug. 2020
Would have been longer. For the price, it was okay. To enjoy especially Burano, you need more than 40 minutes
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star-5
Fabulous!
Louise_C
, Aug. 2020
Fabulous trip! Definitely worth doing as you get to see a snippet of the three islands. Would recommend getting food before hand as you only have around 40 mins on each island and finding somewhere to eat is scares. The views were amazing and you can’t say you’ve done Venice without going! :)
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Venice island tour
Gaenor_M
, Aug. 2020
Great trip ..fab views. Murano glass making factory was pretty amazing watching the man make the glass horse wow !! Torchello was ok..a bit non eventful actually. Burano was lovely ..needs to be seen. For me ..it would have been better to miss Torchello to allow more time in Murano and Burano as it was a bit rushed. The views from the boat were pretty something. Well worth the money
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Island trip
Kay_P
, Aug. 2020
The trip gave us the experience of visiting all three islands , however, we did not have enough time to fully explore due to time constraints. The tour was directed mostly at the Italian customers with only minimum inserts of Facts in English. Good value for money
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Lucy_S
, Aug. 2020
Amazing tour that included so much in the day for such a little price, absolutely would book again and would recommend to anyone
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