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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Venezia, Italy
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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

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.
  • 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 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This affordable boat tour zips you to a trio of the most interesting Venetian islands without a hitch.
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 watch a glassblower 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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Laguna di Venezia
Navigate through the Venetian Lagoon to reach the islands and enjoy the view!
Stop At:  
Isola di Murano
The island of Murano is the first stop of this excursion: you will have a chance to enter a glass factory and see the masters working the glass as they have been doing for centuries and then visit the center of the island.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Isola di Burano
Second stop of this half day excursion is Burano, famous for the colorful fishermen's houses and for the traditional handmade laces.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Torcello Island
Torcello is the third and last stop of this tour. The island is the first to be inhabited in the Venetian lagoon and still shows the traces of its origins.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Chiesa di Santa Fosca
The church of Santa Fosca stands in the main square of Torcello and is a fine example of venetian-byzantine style.
Stop At:  
Trono di Attila
In the middle of Torcello stands the ancient Attila's throne.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ponte del Diavolo
Cross the Devil's Bridge which still preserves the shape of the ancient Venetian bridges
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Piazza San Marco
The boat leaves from St'Mark's Square, which you will have the chance to admire from a different perspective.

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Horrible tour
Gonzalo
, Mar 2020
No time for anything. Horrible tour. Terrible speakers on the boat. Spent 20 minutes on each island.
star-4
Venice
Visitor
, Mar 2020
Great easy way to see the three islands with some extra information given. Glass demonstration was particularly impressive but felt pressurised whilst passing through the shop. Overall good experience.
star-5
Breathtaking!
John
, Feb 2020
This sightseeing tour was absolutely amazing! The different colored houses were soo beautiful, seeing the glass factory and how they make glasses was a great experience. Thank you so much for this tour,
star-3
Like a Taxi boat
Mercedes_M
, Feb 2020
It was like purchased a boat ticket. The guide (she never tell us her name) speaks all the languages in the world but you can’t hear anything because the noise, so I didn’t learned anything new! Murano and Burano are beautiful, you can skip Torcello, it’s a waste of time...
star-4
Interesting trip
Tom
, Feb 2020
A nice way to spend an afternoon away from the crowds of Venice. Pleasant sailing with some commentary from English speaking guide and spending around 45 minutes in each island. Enjoyed the trip although didn’t appreciate being herded into a glass factory. Not a trip for teenage kids unless they have a high boredom threshold.
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Save your euros
Warwick_K
, Feb 2020
Better value to buy a water taxi ticket and a guide book. No time to explore each island. Total rush and we felt as if we were herded like sheep!
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Disappointed
Ren
, Feb 2020
The directions were not clear on the meeting point. Waited at the location written on the ticket for thirty minutes. We asked five different tour guides about location and finally got directions. People at the counter were not friendly and the gentleman checking tickets was rude. However, when we got on the boat the crew were great. Enjoyed Murano and Burano.
star-5
Great trip
Judith_P
, Feb 2020
We really enjoyed our visit to these islands. The tour guide was friendly and informative and the journey there was interesting and enjoyable, It was a really good method of having a taster of each of the islands and we will definitely be returning for longer visits to Burano particularly on our next trip. Good value for money.
star-4
Great way to see the islands
Paula_W
, Feb 2020
Great trip to see the islands - loved Murano and Burano. Watching the glass blowing demonstration was fascinating - how did he make a swan out of that blob of glass. Probably would just do the two islands next time. 50 mins at each island was sufficient time - could probably do with a bit more at Murano.
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Half day sightseeing tour of Murano, Burano & Torcello
Jac-Wood
, Feb 2020
This tour is a good way of seeing the other islands which make up Venice. However, a word of warning. There is a lot crammed in to a very short space of time and the groups are large. There was a visit to a glass blowing factory but we could not see anything due to the large group. Why not split the group in two so that everyone gets a chance to see the interesting demonstration? There was not enough time to enjoy the church of Santa Fosca But too much time was allotted to the visit to Burano which was at the end of the day ( in low season) when a lot of the shops / cafes were either closed or closing - although you did get to appreciate the pretty coloured houses. All in all a disappointment.

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