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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

Pamela W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Private boat ride to the islands with enough time to explore on your own. Great choice!

lmanetti25

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was very interesting. Our guide was very nice and knowledgeable. We learned a lot.

Robyn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What a great way to spend an afternoon in Venice. Our guide Manuela was well organised and incredibly knowledgeable about Venice and the surrounding islands. The sales pitch at Murano was not unexpected but the staff were charming so all good. Burano is a feast for the eyes and an excellent tourist alternative from the main island. This tour is a comfortable, stress-free way to explore the islands for first time visitors.

Vinith N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very good tour. It was easy to find the starting point of the tour. There is a statue of a man on a horse, on the lagoon side of the Doge's palace. We met our particular tour there. The boat we went on from Venice was beautiful and well-piloted, and our guide Christina did not let us get bored on the ride she showed us the landmarks we passed, told us the history and some interesting stories. The glass factory on Murano Island was amazing, and the store was worth seeing - we did not feel pressured to buy anything. We had enough time to walk around the Island. The same was the case on Burano Island, which is famous for its lace. It is a picturesque tour, and it is very relaxing and fun. Christina also told what food and drinks to try in Venice, and told us how we could go to the Lido beach near Venice the next day, which we did.

Kim E E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour to the islands. A guide who made the boat journey entertaining with her stories about each island. The islands didn't disappoint, beautiful.

Tina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Not only was the tour beautiful, the guide was fantastic. Christina was very friendly and informative - an expert with the best personality for this job. It was a great perspective to see Venice as a coastal town. This tour is a must! You haven't experienced Venice unless you have seen these islands. The shopping is also wonderful. Excellent tour!

Trisha T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour gave me and my family the opportunity to experience a different style of living in the lagoon. We watched a master glass maker show off his skills and a woman lace maker intricately sew patterns while learning about the history of the craft. The tour guide was accommodating and friendly!

Joseph Urso Israel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour guide, Manuella, was very interesting. During the boat ride out to the islands she told us much history of the areas we were passing. On the Island of Murano we went to the New Murano Gallery and glassmaking shop. It was very hot so the glassmaking demonstration was short and we had some time in the gift shop. It would have been better if we had an extra hour to visit some of the other shops on the island. The same with the Borano Island. An extra hour of shopping/sightseeing would have been welcome. All in all, it was a very worthwhile tour!

Marc H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent, very good tourist guide as well!

Ashley P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great trip! Claire was very informative and interacted with everyone on the tour. Very knowledgable and entertaining in her presentation.

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