• 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

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!

Lenny F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Very enjoyable. We got a great tour on both islands as well as during the ride over and back on the boat. The two islands are charming, and it was fun to see the artists at work in both places.

Greg F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Fantastic time and our guide Claire was amazing!

Natalie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The tour guide was funny, easy to understand, friendly and very knowledgeable. Benedetta was extremely helpful and a great tour guide. The islands themselves were beautiful and we had the right amount of time on each. This tour was the highlight of our trip.

Peter O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was a well organised and fun afternoon on the Venice lagoon visiting Murano and Burano, enjoyed by all of us in the family. Weather was good which made the trip even better!

Ian G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

A fantastic trip. I would recommend this trip to anyone visiting Venice.

shazza5763 Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Really interesting tour of the islands.
The glass blowing on Murano was very informative, fascinating to watch and the glass on display was amazing very out of mine and most peoples budget
Burano was so pretty and the lace products beautiful and also more affordable.

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