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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

stella d United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

probably my favorite tour booked with viator. It was me and my sister and our daughters 16 and 12 the waiting point was close to the hotel we stayed in so that was perfect! we got on the boat and when to the islands. First we went to murano which was amazing! the glassmaking factory was so amazing, after that we went to torcelo which is like a small abandon island lots of grass, one church and 1 cafe which had the best gelato and coffee after we went to Burano which is super famous for its colorful houses. Its like a storybook! its clean, beautiful, charming! Our guide was telling us stories pretty funny too about why they are all painted in different colors so the fisherman at night don't miss there house and go to sleep with your neighbor lol its a must see! You have time to explore the beautiful island,

cat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

All was o.k.

Stephen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Well organised, informative boat trip. The 3 islands are beautiful to visit and well worth seeing. Quaint little villages with a lot of history. Lovely wine and Proseco in the famous restaurant in Torcello.

Flora M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Again really well organised and ample seating for everyone on the boat. I personally would have liked more time on Murano, hence why I went back myself. I don't like to be hurried or impulse buy and the 30 minutes provided after watching the demonstration was not long enough.

Jensen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing!

KB

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great Tour !!!!! Staff was fantastic very knowledgeable.

Chrissy United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This is a great option if you'd like to skip out on the crowded square in Venice proper for the day. I felt as though I had adequate amounts of time on the three different islands. Burano was my favorite and we arrived there right before sunset. Take lots of photos!

Perry O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great time getting away from the hustle and bustle of Venice.

Nadja V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

It was a lot of fun. Burano really impressed us. you will have a lot of time to explore the islands on your own, which we really enjoyed.

Corinne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Loved this tour! Guides were very knowledgable and the tour was timely.

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