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Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Water Taxi

Venezia, Italy
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Offered in: English


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.
  • 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
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.

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Murano and Burano
, Oct 2019
Very good tour my only suggestion would have been more free time in each town. Francesca A. Was an excellent guide and very interesting and knowledgeable.
Great Afternoon
, Oct 2019
Fabulous tour of the islands. Christina B was our guide and she was very knowledgeable and fun. The tour of the Murano Glass Factory was brilliant. Would highly recommend this tour.
Murano and Burano half day guided tour
, Oct 2019
Christina B. was an excellent guide. The craftsmen in the glass works on Murano were amazing and the items displayed in the showrooms beautiful. Burano was a tranquil and beautiful place compared to the crowds of Venice.
A must do
, Oct 2019
This was a wonderful excursion and our visit to Venice would not have been complete without it. It gave us a sense of the incredible diversity in and around Venice. Murano was amazing for its craftsmanship and glass making and Burano was stunningly beautiful. Our guide (Kristine) was phenomenal.
Fun and interesting
Pennie B
, Oct 2019
Loved this excursion. The tour guide was awesome! The boat ride was fun and educational. The glass blowing in Murano was very interesting and the shop was amazing. Burano was a fun stop. The colored homes were fantastic and the lace stores were beautiful. Would go again!
Fun Tour and Knowledgeable Guide
, Oct 2019
Our guide was Alexandra and she was very knowledgeable and fun. The tour was a great opportunity to see Burano and Murano, which were two very cute islands much different from the main island of Venice. It was a good day trip to get away from the crowds. The meeting place was easy to find and the schedule did not feel rushed. Alexandra told fun stories on the ride to and from the islands. She also greeted everyone privately towards the end of the trip and answered any questions we had like places to eat and things to do.
Fun tour
Linda C
, Oct 2019
Lara our tour guide was a very knowledgeable and a lovely lady had a great time. She took the time to make sure that the group was ok and gave us all some really good tips
Fun experience
, Oct 2019
Good tour. Expected to see more in Murano. Really enjoyed Burano and would have liked to spend more time there.
A lovely way to spend an afternoon
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide Monica provided a great commentary, a bit of history and other interesting information about the area. The glass blowing demonstration on Murano was amazing with absolutely no pressure to buy anything but plenty of opportunity to look at their products. The lace making on Burano was interesting too - the effort involved is incredible - again no pressure to buy. Plenty of free time to look around the islands and take photos, and stop for snacks, all nicely rounded off with a boat ride back to Venice as the sun was setting - quite romantic!
Moreno Tout
, Oct 2019
Alexandria was a great tour guide! She is very knowledgeable about both Murano and Burano! Her voice and demeanor are both very pleasant! Thanks Alexandria!

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