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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.


  • 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

Carolyn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was a great trip. Our tour guide was awesome and she made the day very informative and enjoyable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was a great trip. Francesca was very informative. I would have liked a little more time in Murano to look around.

Paul C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Awesome experience visiting the islands of Murano and Burano. Great way to see up close and personal... especially the glass making which is an amazing form of art. We even had the good fortune to catch sunset returning to Venice. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We highly recommend this tour!

Kathleen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour!! I loved hearing the information about each town. Only complaint was not having enough time to explore each city.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Terrific tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the 30 min. boat rides interesting and informative with his talk about the history of the islands we were about to see and about the creation of Venice. Very clear, well organized tours of both islands complete with demonstrations and free time to wander and shop. Nice size group. Very welcoming people on each stop. The islands are beautiful, unique and rich with art. Highly recommend.

Linda H United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We took a water taxi over to the island of Murano first. It was a short walk to the glass making shop where a glass master made a small pitcher then a glass horse right in front of us. The process was explained to us as he was working. Then came the visit through the gift shop which contained some amazing pieces of blown glass - we're talking chandeliers, huge vases, gorgeous pieces! The sales staff was not pushy but were helpful. There was a little time to walk over to a little shopping area. Then we had to be back to the boat to go to Burano which was a 30-40 minute ride away. During this time our tour guide told us about local facts regarding the areas we were passing. Burano truly is absolutely picturesque. I did go into the lace shop and look at the lace maker hand making lace, but I wanted to soak in as much as possible of the outside buildings - take in all the colors and savor the charm that was there. We walked and shopped - there are more shops here than on Murano. Cute little shops in these awesome colored buildings. I would love to spend a whole afternoon just on Burano. I would definitely go back again.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Absolutely worth the price considering how expensive transportation is in Venice.

Marylou B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved the glass blowing demonstration! I forgot that thee tours was so long and we had to leave early on our own. Francesca was sooo helpful in directing us to the right water bus. Greatly appreciated. MLB


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very informative guide in Emmanuella and good amount of time on each island seeing the demonstrations and browsing the shops.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016


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