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Overview

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.
  • 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
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.

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P
, Nov 2018

First, our guide Lara is a wonderful person. She made this tour even better with her jokes. It was a wonderful and well organised tour. The Murano Factory was very nice and to see them make beautiful things out of glass was wonderful. They have a small store where you could buy some items. Burano was nice as well, as we saw how the lace was made and the technics in knotting. A nice small island with colourful houses. They are many shops to buy the lace work.

T
, Oct 2018

We enjoyed the trip and our guide was very knowledgeable. The tour to the Murano glass factory was interesting to watch. The prices in their showroom were extremely high. There wasn't much else to view on the island. We would have liked to have more time at Burano. Interesting island with lots of shops in picturesque setting. Would like the guide to keep negative religious views to herself when speaking to the group; on a one on basis, it is not a problem.

a
, Oct 2018

This tour was not quite what I expected. It was nice, but I thought we'd see a bit more of a demonstration of the glass blowing technique than we did. But it was good, just brief. The most of our time on Murano was spent walking to town and eating gelato in the town square, which was pretty. The lace making was interesting. I didn't know that each lace maker know one stitch and that is all she does, then the piece is passed on to the next lace maker to do her special stitch. Such beautiful pieces! The colorful homes on Burano were really fun to see! Take the time to walk to the canal, your guide will show you the way. There were many cute shops there to browse. The boat ride was lovely. Our guide was helpful and very nice. It was a slower paced tour than some of the others we went on, but we enjoyed it. Like the review title says, "a very nice afternoon out".

V
, Oct 2018

Murano and Burano are picturesque and interesting little islands worth the side trip from Venice. But just take a ferry and do it on your own. The tour was not as described, just money grabs. Glass making demo lasted 8 minutes at best then straight to their store. Lace making demo was 1 minute at best and straight to their store.

M
, Oct 2018

Thanks to Jennifer our lovely guide, we thoroughly enjoyed the boat trip to both murano and burano. Jennifer was very informative, friendly and approachable - we even asked her some questions at the end after everyone had left and she made the effort to talk to us for a while. It was a brilliant experience! Great if you've never been to Venice and want a glimpse into the unique beauty and history of these islands. Can't get over the wonderful colours of all the houses in burano!!! Was well organised, fun, and great to do as a first time trip to Venice.

t
, Oct 2018

Our tour began with a short boat ride to the island of Murano. At the glass factory we were given an up close view of the glass blowers working in the factory. We saw two different demonstrations of glass objects being created. After the demonstration we visited the museum and gift shop and saw outstanding works of art that were mouth-blown in this family-run factory. From here we went to the island of Burano. In Burano, we were escorted to a quaint shop and shown how the lace is hand-made. We were able to look through the store and purchase beautiful hand-crafted items if we wished. We had some extra time to explore this colorful village. We also stopped for gelato and visited a lovely church. On the way back to Venice, our tour guide gave us additional information about Venice and other surrounding islands. We enjoyed our tour very much.

c
, Oct 2018

We loved our tour guide Manuelita. She was very knowledgeable about the history but also told us many fun extras. The islands and demonstrations were wonderful. Walking the streets of Burano is a must!

M
, Oct 2018

This tour was excellent and gave us enough time on both murano and burano to see some local sights. The glass blowing demo was maybe 20 minutes on murano. The lace demo on burano was much shorter. Burano was really interesting to see. The house colors are splendid, yet it’s a quiet island without crowds. The boat ride was fun and Alessandra was very knowledgeable about the lagoon, marshes, all of the islands, and she gave great description about how Venice was built. This tour was excellent and gave us enough time on both islands. We recommend it.

T
, Sep 2018

Excellent tour! The glass making shop we saw in Murano had the most exquisite pieces on display! No pictures allowed though, sadly. I've visited the Corning glass museum in NY and the Chihuly glass museum in Seattle, and some of the pieces at the Murano factory were even better! Burano was also a really neat island to explore. The colorful houses were beautiful. Our guide, Antonella, was also very nice and knowledgeable. She told us so much information about all of the islands on the boat ride! Definitely a great way to explore the islands around Venice.

l
, Sep 2018

What a great addition to an already beautiful Venice trip. Francesca our guide was absolutely the best. She was not only knowledgeable of Venice history but was so much fun. We loved Burano and of course purchased glass in Murano.


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