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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

2-hour 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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Day Trips

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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Day Cruises

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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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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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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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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Half-day Tours

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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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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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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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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Half-day Tours

Murano and Burano VIP Venice Boat Tour

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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Private Sightseeing Tours

Grand Canal Boat Private Tour: Murano and Burano

Venice is best seen from the water, so hop aboard a private boat for a floating tour of the city’s romantic grandeur. Cruise across the Venetian Lagoon to see the celebrated glass and lace workshops of Murano and Burano islands, and catch sight of prestige landmarks like the Doge’s Palace on a trip down the Grand Canal. A private guide and captain will also lead you through quieter canals for a look at hidden Venetian scenes.
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Multi-day Tours

8-Day Italy Tour: Rome, Florence, Pisa, and Venice

Venture to the Colosseum, visit the Sistine Chapel, see Pisa’s Leaning Tower, go for a Venetian gondola ride, and more: this seamless, 8-day tour makes it easy for you to enjoy Italy’s highlight experiences across five different cities. Overnight accommodation, breakfasts, airport car transfers, and trains between cities are all included in the tour cost. While this private tour gives you the freedom to sightsee independently, you also have the option of joining half-day group tours.
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Multi-day Tours

8-Day Relax Italy Tour: Rome Vatican Florence Pisa Venice

Discover Italy’s most popular cities, all in one tour—and don’t worry about organizing logistics on your own. This 8-day itinerary will whisk you from Rome and Vatican City to Florence, Pisa, and Venice. For your convenience, comfortable accommodation, buffet breakfasts, airport car transfers, and inter-city train journeys are all included in the tour cost. While this tour is primarily independent, and affords you opportunities to explore at your own pace, you can also join group sightseeing outings when preferred.
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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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Half-day Tours

Private LimoBoat Tour Murano Burano and Torcello

Step ashore on the three most popular islands of the Venetian Lagoon with a private, luxury tour to Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Traveling aboard a spacious, comfortable limo boat with room for up to six passengers, get advice on the best way to explore each isle from a personal guide. From glassblowing demos and lace workshops to ancient Venetian history, each spot offers something different for the curious explorer.
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Full-day Tours

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Full Day Tour to 5 Islands: Murano, Burano, Torcello, Vineyard tour & tasting

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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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 Cruises

4-Hour Venice Lagoon Cruise: Murano Island and Burano Island

The UNESCO-listed Venice Lagoon is home to over a hundred islands and this half-day visits two of the most popular—Murano and Burano. Enjoy magnificent views of Venice as you cruise out across the lagoon, visit Murano Island to discover its ancient tradition of glass-blowing, and admire Burano’s brightly colored waterfront on a walking tour.
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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Friendinvenice Murano Burano Torcello private tours By Luxury water taxi

There are two ways to visit Venice. Follow the flow of tourists who take a route chosen by 20 million people every year or leave the tourist trail behind. We pride ourselves on creating authentic experiences for curious visitors Get away from the crowds and get real Venice your way, your peace. Venice Murano Burano day trip is offering the opportunity to experience the Venetian top islands at your own peace. The old history of Venice started from its islands. Learn about the historical and social context of Murano and Burano. Discover the techniques on the ageless arts of glassblowing and lacemaking.Our Murano Burano traditional craftsmanship, and picturesque villages atmosphere. Hear from your expert local guide to the islands heritage and their secret stories. Step into authentic workshops of local artisans. Watch in awe as they create intricate handcrafted pieces
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