• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

erika.jackson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

My sister, friend and I had a wonderful time on this half-day sightseeing tour! I would highly recommend it!!

Robin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

It was excellent! Thevtour guide spoke many languages. The crew was accommodatiing. The islands were quaint. Bring your passport as there were some police on the islands randomly checking. The Murano glass tour was outstanding.

Jonathan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was one of the best tours my wife and I took while on our honeymoon! Our group was relatively small, the guide spoke good English and the islands were fantastic. It costs less than 3 water bus tickets you would need to explore these islands on your own and included very interesting commentary from the tour guide along the way. She pointed out the various abandoned and ancient islands and some of their history as we passed them. The format was excellent, the tour boat would dock, they would let you know where the main attractions were and then turn you loose with a time to be back. My wife and I loved being able to explore these islands, taste the food and drinks, and enjoy shopping and browsing along these islands. My wife loved Burano! These islands are a great escape from the tourist-heavy main islands of Venice and we were back in time for dinner. Highly recommend for anyone in Venice!

ian.hayes

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

With only a short time in Venice we were apprehensive about spending half a day on this tour, but we thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would do it again should we venture back this way. Murano was interesting, but the beauty of Burano and magic of Torcello were the highlights for our group as well as the views of Venice we'd not normally have had while in transit.

Liza D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

loved exploring venetian islands

dilos

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent although it was a day with heavy rain!

Chinmayee m United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Beautiful trip, lovely people.

Jan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The informative guide provided an interesting outline about each of the many islands in the Venice lagoon far more than the three we visited which helped us to understand a bit about Venice's history. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip, especially the variety provided by each island - glass blowing on Murano, lace and pretty painted houses on Burano, and the ancient church on Torcello.

Dennis D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Burano provided exceptional color and attractiveness demanding a second longer visit!

kiersten.grey

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was a fantastic addition to our Venice trip. I highly recommend getting out and seeing these islands. Surprisingly, Burano was our favorite - we wish that we had more time there, it was such a cute little town. Murano was a glass blowing demonstration and visiting a glass blowing factory - very cool and exciting. My only complaint there was the sales pitch of the gentlemen that work in the glass blowing store - it was a bit much, but still fantastic to see. This tour is given by a company called Alilaguna that operates a few water tours around Venice. When we were exchanging our vouchers for tickets, I saw that the tickets for this boat tour if we bought them on site was 20 per person, so it was cheaper to buy in person than on this site - but it was good piece of mind to have them ahead of time.

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