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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

John K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved Burano and Torcella. Murano we only had time to see the glass blowing which was interesting and then only the shop attached to the factory. Would have loved more time in each destination. Great value.

Vinod K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Time was very limited in Burano and Torcelli


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very enjoyable tour with clear instructions about meeting points etc.! You got about 45 minutes on each island, including a glass-blowing demonstration at Murano, which we found to be a good amount of time! Would recommend!

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wonderful way to spent a day in Venice!!

Sonya L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What a great tour. We loved seeing the factory where the glass is made. Burn was just beautiful. Torcello we could have skipped but it was fine


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Tour was incredible !!! A must see! We saw all 3 islands and ended up buying from each ! Loved seeing the glass sculptures being made, it was short but worth it. The boat was lovely and we sat at the back and watched the sea, it was beautiful. The tannoy system was a bit drowned out by the boat noise, but you get the idea of what the speaker is saying. You spend about 45-50 mins on each island which is a good time and you see a lot! One of the best tours I've been on!! Well worth the time and money. Will recommend to anyone! We even got offered to be dropped back at the train station or additional areas ! Very lovely ! It was 30 degrees when we went ! So was perfect !


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Prompt service
Guide was very informative
Surprise drop to the venice station by YAK boad
Ample time
Good choice for guided tour
Reasonable price
Friendly staff
Enjoyed the demo at the glass factory
Good shopping

Stephen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A really nice day trip
The operator even dropped us back to the grand canal which was closer to our accommodation

Lorenzo a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great experience, 5 hour tour in a great places!!!!!!!!

Marzia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I would have to say that burano was my favorite. Could and #39;ve done without the other 2 islands. Highly recommend burano. Beautiful Island and the food is great. Do watch ur time tho. They will leave you if u don and #39;t make it to the meeting point. We missed it and had to take another boat an hour later.

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