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Venice Museum Pass & Doge's Palace Entrance Ticket

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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 560 reviews

We enjoyed the personal attention and customizability of the private tour to Murano and Burano islands. The details provided by the tour guide were interesting and enlightening and she customized advice for us based on the observation that we were starting our first trip to Italy and Venice with this tour. She provided useful tips on what we might like to see and experience on Murano and Burano and in Venice after the tour.

The boat was not overcrowded and the guide told and explained a lot in several languages including German. It was annoying that the starting point and end point should be at the train station. We started at the train station but the end point was at St. Mark's Square. If we wanted to go to the train station, we would have to pay € 5.

With Alessandra we really had a great guide! She gave us a wonderful tour of the islands and explained so much and all with a very charming manner. It was definitely worth it!

Beautiful experience. Gabriella the guide is fantastic, very good. we had a great time aboard the Barracuda.

Fantastic trip. It was a little hard to find but or absolutely perfect