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Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Trip

1. Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Trip

Discover the most charming and famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon on this full-day excursion. Marvel at the beautiful surroundings of Venice and learn more about Venetian life and traditions. Start your journey in a comfortable motorboat leaving from the St. Mark's area, and move toward your first stop, the island of Murano. Stay for approximately 1.5 hours on the island and take your time to explore it on your own. Visit a glass factory and learn how glass masters create their masterpieces with a glass-blowing demonstration. Don't miss the massive Basilica of Santi Maria e Donato, one of the oldest Churches in the Venetian lagoon originally built in the 7th Century. Return to the motorboat and head to Burano Island. Immerse yourself in its quaint and colorful houses for around 2 hours. According to a local legend, Burano gets its rainbow appearance from the fishermen who painted their houses in bright colors to find their way home when returning from sea. The island is also known internationally for its rare artisan lace. Hop back on the motorboat, and ride to the last stop, Torcello, the first settlement in the Venetian Lagoon. During your 1-hour unguided stop, be sure to visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in 639. Take a selfie with Attila's Throne in the background, an ancient stone chair where chief magistrates were inaugurated, or go up the Bell Tower and take a beautiful picture of the surrounding area. At the end of the tour, ride back to the point of departure.

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Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

2. Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

Spend some time on the most famous Venetian islands, known throughout the world for their picturesque scenery, craft traditions, and unique history. See the glass factory of Murano, lace shop on Burano, as you visit 3 different islands. Depart from near Saint Mark’s Square or Santa Lucia Train Station, and take an enjoyable trip across Saint Mark’s Basin. On the boat, a live guide will illustrate the history of the lagoon and the three islands you will visit.  Your first stop will be the island of Murano. Sometimes referred to as the “Island of the Glass,” you will visit one of its famous glass factories and see the glass being manufactured and blown. Afterward head to Torcello, the most ancient of the inhabited islands. Continue to Burano, admiring the natural environment and the minor islands spread all around you. Enjoy some free time in Burano, a typical fishing island with colorful contrasts and chocolate-box painted houses. Look out, too, for much evidence of its renowned lace making and embroidery industry and try some of Burano’s notable homemade cakes. Please note that once on the ground, this is not a guided tour. The guide will escort you to the glass factory in Murano and the lace shop in Burano. Afterward, you will have time to explore each island on your own.

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Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Lagoon Trip

3. Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Lagoon Trip

Depart from the railway station on Piazzale Roma and journey to Murano, famous for its glass-blowing industry. Dating back to the Middle Ages, the still-thriving tradition has been passed down over generations and each glass blower has developed their own personal style. Watch a glass-blowing demonstration and learn to recognize the difference between the various artisans and brands during your 1-hour stay on the island. Then, continue to the island of Burano, known for its crochet work and brightly colored houses. Get picture-perfect views of the landmarks of Burano, such as the leaning bell tower and the main square of Piazza Baldassarre Galuppi, named after a major 18th-century Venetian composer. Look in some of the lace shops during your 1.5-hour visit to the island. Then, conclude your travels on Piazza San Marco and see sights such as the Doge's Palace and Campanile as you stroll around the famous colonnades.

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Venice Museum Pass & Doge's Palace Entrance Ticket

4. Venice Museum Pass & Doge's Palace Entrance Ticket

Admire the San Marco Civic Museums, such as the Doge’s Palace, Correr Museum, National Archaeological Museum, and Biblioteca Marciana. You can also explore the history of the Jewish communities of Venice at the Ghetto Museum. Founded in 1953, and situated between the city’s 2 most historic synagogues, the museum is both devoted to the cycle of Jewish festivities and objects used for the liturgy, and explores the history of the Venetian Jews through images and objects. Museums of St. Mark's Square (available with the Venice Museum Pass and Venice Museum Pass Plus): • Doge's Palace • Correr Museum • National Archaeological Museum • Biblioteca Marciana If you select the Venice Museum Pass Plus option you will also enjoy entry to the following civic museums: • Ca' Rezzonico • Carlo Goldoni's House • Mocenigo Palace • Ca' Pesaro (Modern Art Gallery and Oriental Art Gallery) • Glass Museum (Murano) • Lace Museum (Burano) • Natural History Museum Both options include the following historic churches in the Chorus Pass: • Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio • Chiesa di Santo Stefano • Santa Maria dei Miracoli • San Giovanni Elemosinario • Ca’ San Polo • Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari • San Giacomo dell'Orio • San Stae • Sant'Alvise • San Pietro di Castello • San Redentore • Santa Maria di Rosario • San Sebastiano • San Giobbe • San Giuseppe di Castello • San Vidal • San Giacomo di Rialto.

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Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

5. Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

Visit the most beautiful islands in the Venetian Lagoon on this 4.5 or 6-hour afternoon trip. Stop at the island of Murano, home to world-renowned glassblowers, Burano, known for its lace production and the ancient settlement of Torcello. Stop at Murano and see a demonstration by a glass-blowing master. The tradition of glassblowing has been passed down generations of Murano residents. Continue to Torcello and see the central square, the Church of Santa Fosca, Ponte del Diavolo and other interesting sites. The last visit will be to Burano. The island is world-known for its hand-made lace but also for its small, brightly painted houses that are popular with artists.  Your tour ends back in Saint Mark’s Square. If you want, you can stay on board and be taken directly to the train station for an additional cost - just ask your tour guide.

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Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

6. Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

Escape the crowds of central Venice and catch a glimpse of what life in the city used to be like, as an island of artisans famous for their traditional craft skills, passed down from generation to generation. Your guide will keep you entertained on the short boat ride to the small island of Murano, famous for its glass making traditions. Historically, Murano glassblowers were the only Europeans that knew how to create a mirror, and their skills were so valued they were banned from leaving Venice on the threat of execution. Watch a craftsman in action and listen to a description of the process in English. Learn how silica sand becomes glass, and how the glass is given color. Afterwards, there will be time to browse the huge collection of glass art, and wander the island on your own. Back on the boat, cruise to the tiny island of Burano to see the brightly-painted houses huddled tightly together along streets and canals. Burano’s main claim to fame is its centuries-old lacemaking tradition. Stroll through the streets to a small building where women feverishly stitch lace, just as their mothers and grandmothers used to do. Your guide will explain the process of this dying art. Then, you can follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and pick out your own keepsake. Or, wander the winding streets, sampling delicious cookies at local bakeries. Unlike other tours, this excursion intentionally omits Torcello to provide you with more time on Murano and Burano, and with less time on the boat or trekking inland.

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Venice: Full-Day Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Tour

7. Venice: Full-Day Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Tour

Enjoy a full-day boat tour to discover the 3 most famous islands of Venice Lagoon: Murano, famous for glass artworks; Burano, with its colorful houses and unique handmade laces; and finally Torcello, the island from which Venice was born. The tour starts just a few steps far away from Venice Train Station in front of the Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant. After hopping onboard the boat, head to Murano, and stop there for 1.5 hours. Here, visit one of the many glass factories located on the island and attend a glass-making demonstration. Alternatively or afterward, walk to the lighthouse or visit iconic sights like the Basilica of Santi Maria and Donato, the Glass Museum, and Palazzo da Mula. The second stop of this 6-hour tour is Burano, with its marvelous colored houses. Spend 2 hours here, and choose how to enjoy them: strolling around the island, tasting typical fish-based dishes, shopping in the many lace artworks ateliers, or visiting the Lace Museum, housed in the historic Palazzo del Podestà of Torcello. The last stop of the tour is Torcello, where Venetian civilization was born in the 7th century when local folks sought refuge on the island to escape the Barbarians’ invasions on the mainland. Torcello is a very small island with only 10 inhabitants, but it is so rich in history that it is well worth a visit. Don't miss the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, the ruins of the Baptistery of San Giovanni Evangelist, “Attila’s Throne,” and the Devil's Bridge, today still wrapped in a mysterious legend.

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Venice: Boat Tour of Murano, Burano, & Torcello Islands

8. Venice: Boat Tour of Murano, Burano, & Torcello Islands

Sail to Murano, visit one of the island’s glassworks, and attend a demonstration of a master glassmaker. Alternatively (or additionally), you can walk to the lighthouse or opt for a visit to the iconic sights of Murano, such as the Basilica of Santi Maria and Donato, the Glass Museum, and Palazzo da Mula. Next, visit Burano, highlighted by its colorful houses. Enjoy some free time to visit the leaning bell tower, the house of Bepi Suà, or the Lace Museum.  Your last stop will be Torcello, where Venetian civilization was born. The first settlements date back to the 7th century when local folks sought refuge on the island to escape the Barbarian invasions. Today Torcello has just over 10 inhabitants, but its historical and artistic testimonies make it a very popular destination for visitors from all over the world. Enjoy a splendid panoramic view of a Venetian lagoon before returning.

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From Venice: 6-Hour Boat Tour of Murano, Burano & Torcello

9. From Venice: 6-Hour Boat Tour of Murano, Burano & Torcello

Board a panoramic vessel in Venice and set sail to Murano, renowned for its glass manufacturing industry. Enjoy a fascinating visit to a glass furnace and admire this ancient art form up close. Make use of free time to stroll around the island at you leisure. Visit the Murano Glass Museum and the byzantine church of San Donato. Afterwards, hop back onboard and cruise to the picturesque Burano, an island famous for its hand-made laces and brightly coloured fisherman’s houses. If you’ve worked up an appetite, treat yourself to lunch on the island. Next, depart to Torcello island, the most ancient historical settlement in the Venetian lagoon region. Admire the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta and the Church of Santa Fosca before heading back to Venice.

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Venice: 4 Islands Full-Day Tour by Boat

10. Venice: 4 Islands Full-Day Tour by Boat

Cruise on a boat to 4 famous islands around Venice, and experience a fun-filled day in the sun on this unforgettable island adventure. Meet your tour in Venice, whereupon arrival you'll board the boat and get ready for your day of adventure. Along with your visit to the four islands, you'll also sail down the Giudecca Canal, the San Marco basin and the Venetian Lagoon, offering panoramic views of San Marco Square and the islands of San Servolo, San Lazzaro of the Armenians, Lido of Venice, and of the Venetian Arsenal. Glide on the boat to Murano Island to explore a glass factory and its showroom where you will see a glass-maker at work during a 1-hour stop with a guided tour. Next, hop back onto the boat and head to Torcello Island. Here, you have an hour to discover the island, the first settlement of the lagoon, at your own pace. Continue to Burano Island, a fishing village with colorful houses, where you will enjoy a 2-hour stop for a self-guided visit of the island, and a tasty lunch of your choosing. End at the exclusive San Francesco del Deserto Island. Stop here for 45 minutes for a guided tour in Italian of the convent and the island by a Franciscan Friar. Finally, hop back onto the boat and sip on a glass of Prosecco as you bask in the sunshine and warm breeze on your return journey.

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What people are saying about Burano

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Nice trip the 4.5 to 5 hours is perfectly suitable for the trip. Nice people in Murano glass factory and very friendly. The amazing colorful of Burano houses is awesome with the traditional bakery and biscuits taste. Recommended for all.

Well organized and efficient to visit the beautiful islands. Can't beat the price-quality ratio! Recommended!

Excellent assistance, we had the wrong meeting point and they helped us not to lose our money and the opportunity

a nice way to get to know the islands of Murano and Burano. Very good guide

Belle mini croisière sur la lagune Dommage sono déplorable sur le bateau