• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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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

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

Nicholas G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This was a great way to see Murano and Burano. Alessandra, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of information as we traveled between islands. The glass blowing demonstration on Murano was excellent and we had a good amount of time to look through the shop and/or explore the island. We enjoyed the lace making demonstration on Burano and it was nice to know we were buying lace that was made there and not from China like other shops sell. We had plenty of time to explore Burano before heading back on the boat and Alessandra had directions for anyone wanting to get back to Venice on their own. It was great to have a guide with so much knowledge of the area and we appreciated her recommendations about Venice as well. We would recommend this tour to anyone wanting a taste of both islands during their stay in Venice.

Don

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

A great tour of both the glass works and lace making. Excellent opportunity for shopping.

Harminder S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour beat my expectations handily. Our guide Dee was not only well versed in the history of all the sites along the waterway, but also a delightful company. Very well conducted tour.

svbeek

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent tour. Afternoon well spent. Christina with City Wonders was very informative and a pleasure to travel with.

ajrscience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Lovely guide. Enjoyable afternoon with comfortable private boat. Glass very expensive probably only for the rich or dreamers! Burano very pretty.

Kal P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great Tour if your are in Venice want to see something special.

Valerie USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Loved this excursion! Our guide was great!!! Would do this again in a heartbeat!

annette l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

What a surprisingly amazing tour! We were a bit apprehensive about booking a tour from someone we had never heard about and from 3,000 miles away, but we figured it was an inexpensive tour and if it didn't work out, we weren't out too much. However, we were in for the surprise of a lifetime! We toured Murano and Burano and were wowed by everything we saw. The boat was clean and very nice our tour guide spoke excellent English and the places we were directed to represented the best of both islands. We will not hesitate to utilize this service again!

deb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Loved this our guide was so helpful, warm and friendly you could see she loved her job and went over and beyond to help us when we asked her about public transport. Loved the visit to the islands and was fascinated about how other people do life on a day to day basis.

Cheryl W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour was amazing!

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