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Explore the intricacies of two famed Italian handicrafts with a day trip from Venice to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. Watch centuries-old glassblowing techniques in Murano, and marvel at the detailed stitches of exquisite Burano lace. Your knowledgeable guide will share the history of these two artisan islands while you visit local workshops and wander the picturesque streets.

Highlights

  • Half-day Murano and Burano tour from Venice
  • Watch local craftsmen at work in a Murano glass workshop
  • Browse an impressive collection of glass artwork
  • See Burano lace being made by local islanders
  • Visit the Burano Lace Museum independently

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What You Can Expect

Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice

Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice

Situated just across the Venetian Lagoon from Venice, the lovely islands of Murano and Burano are world-renowned for their traditional artisan crafts. You’ll meet up with your guide in central Venice for the short boat ride to Murano, a picturesque grouping of islands that has been home to some of the world’s finest artisan glassblowers since the 13th century.
Visit the workshop of a local glassblower to watch delicate forms take shape from molten glass through a combination of rolling, shaping with iron tools and blowing through a long metal tube. Learn tricks of the trade, like how minerals are added to give the candy-colored vases and chandeliers of Murano their vibrant hue. Enjoy some free time on the island to explore other workshops and perhaps pick up a souvenir to take home.
Hop back on the boat for the scenic ride to Burano, where traditional lacemaking workshops are scattered among the island’s brightly colored homes. Learn about the history of Burano lace and how it was once sought after by monarchs across Europe for its exquisite quality. You’ll get a chance to watch local craftswomen creating lace through a series of finely detailed weaving and stitching, carrying on a tradition that has thrived here for centuries.
If you like, visit the Burano Lace Museum on your own to delve even deeper into the history of this elegant craft. Enjoy free time to explore the island and peruse local shops before the return boat trip to Venice.

Customer Reviews

Yari

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed our time on this tour.

Donna L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Enjoyed this very much. Our guide was terrific helpful and informative. Too much time in Murano though. The glass was beautiful to see but way too expensive for purchase. Glass blowing was okay. Impersonal. Burano was very good. Beautiful island and quaint, picturesque fishing village which was fun to explore. Visit to lace shop was informative and I did buy a beautiful lace runner for a gift for my daughter.

rosegeiszler

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our tour guide Rico was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable. Both islands are so beautiful. I did succumb and buy a beautiful vase in Murano - something to remind me of the trip. Burano was so cute with all the colorful houses. The lace is beautiful. I enjoyed the leaning tower of Burano! It was a well spent afternoon and I highly recommend it.
Rico also helped us get the correct vaparetto back to our hotel.

Jeffrey P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The tour was informative and a definite for first time visitors to Venice.

Stuart M L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Seeing the actual glass blowing was amazing. Burano was my favorite. Beautiful area. The guide Alessandra was terrific! She was so knowledgeable, and gave history of all of Venice and the different islands. Perfect excursion!

David G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great overview of both islands. Hazel did a great job of both the tours and filling in on culture.

love2count

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour guide.

love2count

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour guide.

Mike L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Alissandra our tour guide was excellent - she provided a interesting historical review during the tour. Not to be missed and worth every penny!

Chris B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had such a great time on this Trip. Our guide, Hazel, was very knowledgeable and gave us dinner recommendations after the tour was complete.

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