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Venice Islands
Venice is made up of over 100 small islands, but generally “the Venice islands” refers to the three most famous outlying islands in the Venetian lagoon: Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Murano, just north of Venice proper, has been the center of Venice’s famous glass-making industry since 1291, and the island’s expert glassblowers still handcraft stunning pieces of Murano glass today. Farther north, Burano has quiet canals lined with brightly painted fishermen’s houses and is home to Venice’s traditional lace artisans. Its neighboring island of Torcello, first settled in 452, is believed to be the first populated island in the Venetian lagoon.

The Basics
The only way to visit Venice’s islands is by boat. By far the best option for avoiding the hassle and delays of the vaporettos (ferries) is booking a private motorboat tour. Tours enable you to make the most of your time on each island—visiting the glass factories on Murano, lace-making demonstrations on Burano, and the historic sights on Torcello—without having to navigate the complicated and crowded interisland public transportation system. Choose a half-day sightseeing tour if you are pressed for time, or a more leisurely full-day Venice cruise to explore the Grand Canal and lagoon islands at a more relaxed pace.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Be sure to bring your camera to capture the picturesque glassblowing demonstrations on Murano and traditional lace-making on Burano.
  • Murano glass and Burano lace are famous for their impeccable quality—and prices reflect that. Be wary of glass or lace shops that advertise “bargain” prices, which often means low-quality goods imported from outside Italy.
  • Murano’s glass shops are known for their hard-sell techniques, so always book your Venice islands tour through a reputable company to avoid unpleasant strong-arming tactics.

How to Get There
From St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), take vaporetto 4.1 from the San Zaccaria stop, or a private water taxi from the Grand Canal boat launch near the Doge’s Palace, to Murano. From there, local water buses or taxis run to Burano and Torcello.

When to Get There
The Venice islands are most crowded in summer. The crowds thin considerably from November through February, though chilly temperatures can mean a less pleasant boat trip across the lagoon.

Torcello in Literature
Over the decades, a number of famous artists, musicians, and Hollywood stars have spent time on the quiet island of Torcello. Ernest Hemingway, for one, wrote parts of “Across the River and into the Trees” during his stay on the island in 1948.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Private Excursion by Typical Venetian Motorboat to Murano, Burano and TorcelloDay Cruises

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 Private Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian BoatWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Venice Private 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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Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentaryAudio Guided Tours

Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary

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Traverse the canals of Venice aboard a traditional gondola with your very own gondolier. Float along narrow waterways and hidden passages, admiring the beauty of one of Italy's most magical cities. Pass beneath centuries-old bridges and take in famous attractions such as St. Marks' Bell Tower and San Giorgio Island from the coziness of your flat-bottomed boat.
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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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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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Private Tour Local Venice Away from the CrowdsPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour Local Venice Away from the Crowds

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Venice is one of the most popular destinations in Italy, and its crowds can be hard to avoid. With this tour, you’ll discover the quiet side of Venice as your guide leads you away from the throngs and along its hidden lanes through peaceful squares, secret courtyards, and tiny churches rich with artistic treasures. End your tour on sleepy San Giorgio island to enjoy its beautiful views.
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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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Small Group Venice Grand Canal Panoramic TourDay Cruises

Small Group Venice Grand Canal Panoramic Tour

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that visiting Venice and not taking a boat ride down the Grand Canal is a travelling sin. Experience the Floating City in all of its glory on a 1-hour motorboat tour in a group limited to 12. Ideal for first-time visitors, you’ll pass beautiful palazzo and sail beneath famous bridges such as the Accademia Bridge and the Rialto Bridge.
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Venice: Full Day Private Boat tourWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Venice: Full Day Private Boat tour

* Escape from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city of Venice * Perfect for unique events or a romantic proposal * 08 hours daily cruise in the Venetian Lagoon * Relax on deck and sip a refreshing glass of wine
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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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Private Tour: Venice Grand Canal Evening Boat TourDay Cruises

Private Tour: Venice Grand Canal Evening Boat Tour

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Spend a delightful evening cruising along the canals of Venice on this private boat tour. Take in the architectural masterpieces that line the Grand Canal and smaller waterways from aboard a comfortable modern water taxi, venturing further than a traditional gondola would allow. Learn about the artistic and cultural history of Venice from your English-speaking guide as you soak in the sights on your choice of a 1-hour or 2-hour ride.
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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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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 Cruise by Luxury Motorboat: Grand Canal and Basilica of San Giorgio MaggioreAudio Guided Tours

Venice Cruise by Luxury Motorboat: Grand Canal and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore

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See the sights of the surreal canal city in style with a luxury motorboat tour of the Grand Canal. Marvel at the unforgettable beauty of the famous canal as you ride past sights like the Doge's Palace and Rialto Bridge with a professional driver guiding the way. Arrive at the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore to climb up into the bell tower for exceptional views over the city. Small-group tour size limited to four people.
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Venice Day Trip by Catamaran from PulaDay Trips

Venice Day Trip by Catamaran from Pula

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Experience the unmatched beauty and romance of Venice—all without booking a hotel—on a day trip to ‘the Floating City’ from Pula. Cross the Adriatic Sea and Venetian Lagoon on a high-speed catamaran, and enjoy a half day of leisure time to spend as you wish. Ride a gondola through the famous Venetian canals, savor northern Italian cuisine, shop for handmade masks, or visit world-famous landmarks like St. Marks Basilica and the Doge’s Palace on your own before returning to Pula in the evening.
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Private Tour of Venice Away from the CrowdsDay Cruises

Private Tour of Venice Away from the Crowds

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It can be hard to escape the crowds in Venice, but with this tour you’ll follow your insider guide along quiet canals and through sleepy squares to discover hidden treasures. Explore authentic Venetian neighborhoods, secret gardens, and silent islands unknown to most visitors. Learn about the fascinating history and lore of the Floating City while strolling through its heart and appreciate a uniquely peaceful side of this bustling tourist hub.
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6 hours lagoon tour: Murano, Burano and TorcelloDay Cruises

6 hours lagoon tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello

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Meet your tour guide in the public square of Venice to begin your 6-hour tour in the Venetian Islands. Visit the enchanting islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello by boat. Your local guide will accompany you through the best and most-characteristic places of the Venetian Lagoon. Watch master glassblowers at work at a glass factory in Murano. Learn the history of the oldest inhabited island of Venice. See lace shops in Burano and photograph the most colorful island of Venice. Get explanations about the history and culture of Venice and its islands along the way.
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