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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, 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.


  • 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 Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and 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

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What You Can Expect

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half Day Sightseeing Tour

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’ll watch a glass blower 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.

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Customer Reviews

Denis John W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Lovely half day. Loved Burano , so pretty. Saw glass making in Murano . Torcello was just a brief look round but it was lovely .Guide was explaining on route, history and knowledge on boat and then we looked around the three islands ourselves but not very long on each island. still a worthwhile trip

Juan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It's a great tour very colorful and family oriented loved all the 3 visits but loved Burano it's like stepping into a post card. Loved the outdoor cafes and loved their shops... will do again in future.

Tara B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This is a really good tour if you want to see the islands on your trip. You get 45 minutes on each island. I felt a bit rushed on the Murano Island because after the glass making experience that didn't leave a lot of time to look around. I would high recommend this tour though we both really enjoyed it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

All 3 islands were beautiful. Would recommend this tour to everyone. Must see!

edison c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016


Brent L W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This trip was wonderful. The only problem was that it would have been cheaper if I just paid at the street, rather than booking through viatour. I believe the trip was about 5 euros cheaper at the dock , so with the two of us, I lost 10 euros for booking early.

Charles J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

we enjoyed the boat ride including the information provided by the tour guide. we did not know that we would not have a tour of any of the islands, but instead we were given sufficient time to wander thru the streets and shop. the long walk on Torcello was unexpected so we did not tour the bascilica, but did enjoy just sitting at the park at the restaurant

Mario S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We very much enjoyed visiting the glass blowing in Murano and the opportunity to purchase authentic Murano glass as well as seeing the other two places. Very quaint.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

great tour friendly people clean boat lots to see and enjoy

Carol K United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent value for money. Especially liked Burano.

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