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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

Cindy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very nice tour!

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Most enjoyable. Excellent guide. Interesting islands.

Paulo N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Best tour to do in Venice, the duration of the cruise is perferct, and gives you a extra information about Venice islands of Burano and Murano. Guide our as well awesome.

CHRISTINE A H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The trip was interesting and very enjoyable. The guide was polite and friendly. Burano is very picturesque. A lovely afternoon.

Ken R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful trip. Guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Only improvement would be sound system - slightly hard to hear on the boat and missed some of her commentary. Great amount of time to explore both islands. Just be prepared for high pressure sales pitch from glass blower company, but otherwise very pleasant.

Paul R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A great boat ride between the islands with a very informative tour guide. The glass blowing demonstration was excellent, though it might have been nice to have time for a visit to a less expensive show room on Murano as well as the premium one. Burano was just fabulous with a sadly quite short demonstration but time to browse the lace shops, look around and have a coffee. Highly recommended.

Lucas O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful tour. Jennifer was FANTASTIC, gave all the best hints and tips for where to go. Access to New Murano Gallery and also Burano lace store were great as we got discounts going with the group. I would not change a single thing about this tour. Ample time everywhere. If you try to do this by yourself, it would cost roughly the same and take SO much longer and not be as personable or NEARLY enjoyable! HIGHLY Recommend!

Janine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I had a wonderful time with this tour! Our guide, Monique- was entertaining, well informative and full of wonderful little side notes about the island- The Murano Glass and the surrounding islands and people! Had a great day- the boat, the tour, the guide and the SHOPPING! Now I am armed to go back on my own and spend more time at each place!!! Loved it!

Christine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great trip excellent value for money and a Great Guide. Well done and thanks.

Jonathan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

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