• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 25.03 View price calendar

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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

Kristen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great way to spend an afternoon and get out of crowded Venice.

MandM

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

would have bought more if possible

colin m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Very colourful and some piecefull surroundings, nice to explore other islands.

karen.cordwell Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great tour. Been to Venice 3 times previously and love Murano and Burano - Torcello was new to me but enjoyable. Have to go back, but this time I will spend the day in Burano - so much to see there and never enough time. Great choice of glass blowing factory in Murano with items to purchase not overpriced compared to some places Ive been to.

Vic United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

I pre-booked the tour because it truly sounded like an excellent deal! However, on the actual day of the tour, the fog in Venice was pretty bad. I left the hotel disappointed and almost cancelled. The tour ended up to be a fascinating experience. The fog provided texture to most of the pictures that I took with my smart phone camera. It was overwhelming to witness a glass blowing demonstration in Murano by one of the local 'maestros.' Burano was indeed a revelation, with the vibrant colors of the houses and the beautiful lace that the island has been known for. Torcello also gave a different dimension to the tour by sharing Venice's past through archeological finds. I I will definitely do the tour again in the future just to obtain different photographic perspectives. I will not blame the fog this time. Highly recommended half-day trip to the nearby islands when visiting Venice!!!

Anuket B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We had fun. I knew before signing up that this was not going to be too in-depth and would make quick stops at each island 45 minutes at each island. If you are looking for something more detailed, perhaps consider a different tour. That being said, our experience was outstanding. The guide was knowledgeable and spoke Italian, English, Spanish and German, very impressive. The demo of blowing glass was impressive. The glass itself was expensive, but that's expected. The sales people were helpful and we purchased some. Torcello was refreshingly picturesque and laid back. I got some fried crab and cappuccino at one of the stands. Burano was beautiful and I wish we had more time to spend there. Overall, a great experience.

Crystal Marie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We enjoyed the boat ride to the Islands. The glass blowing demonstration was quick but impressive. We enjoyed looking at all of the hand blown pieces in their gallery. The picture included is the Island of Burano. We enjoyed seeing all of the vibrant colors and meandering around the Island. I would recommend and have recommended this tour to others.

S W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent trip, well worth the money

Malcolm B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Beautiful scenery, great trip. We were late and missed our trip trying to get around a flooded St Marks Square, but the operators happily put us on a later boat which was much appreciated.

Darren R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Even though there is so much to see in Venice, I'm very glad that I noticed this tour. It just added to the whole experience of seeing Venice and the lagoon from a boat and visiting the famous neighboring islands.

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