Located just a short trip across the Venetian Lagoon, the island of Murano is famous as the historic home of some of the world’s finest blown glass. Meet your local guide near St Mark’s Square in the morning, and catch a shared boat transfer for the 30-minute ride to the island. Begin with a visit to the Church of Santi Maria e Donato, a local treasure built in the Veneto-Byzantine style. Originally dating back to the 7th century, it's one of the oldest churches in the Venice area.
Continue exploring Murano with a guided stroll through its serene streets, which provide a quiet respite from the bustle of Venice. Take in scenes of daily life, and keep your camera handy for plenty of photo opportunities. Finally, visit a local glassblowing factory to watch skilled artisans using traditional methods to form delicate, candy-colored vessels, glass beads and other works of art.
The 3-hour tour concludes in Murano, where you are welcome to linger on your own and continue browsing glass shops or enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. One-way transfer service is available back to Venice or to other nearby islands like Burano and Torcello (own expense). Your guide can point you in the right direction and offer tips on other local spots to explore.