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Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Multilingual Boat Tour

1. Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Multilingual Boat Tour

Departing from Venice, travel across the lagoon to visit the three islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano and Torcello. The excursion will start in St. Mark's Square area where you will board a panoramic boat and leave towards the northern part of the lagoon. Some explanations will be provided in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian during the boat trips. The first stop will be Murano Island, famous for its glass production and picturesque views. Here, have the chance to visit a glass factory and observe a local artist giving shape to a glass piece of art. Let yourself be amazed by Murano Island, but also remember to get back in time to the boat to leave for the next highlight. The next stop is Burano Island, famous for its colorful houses. Apart from being a paradise for photography lovers, it is home to a long tradition of lace production. Enough free time will be left to stroll around the island and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere that can still be found here. If you have chosen the option for the Three Islands, the next stop is Torcello, known as the Mother of Venice. You have the chance to visit the Basilica, which is one of the oldest in the Lagoon and holds some beautiful mosaics, or maybe visit the museum. If not you can just spend your time walking around this enchanting and very historical island.  With eyes full of beauty and camera cards full of memories to cherish, you will then catch your motorboat ride back to Venice.

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.

Guided Tour of Burano Island

3. Guided Tour of Burano Island

The island of Burano is easily accessible by public or private transportation from Venice and is an ideal destination for spending a pleasant morning or afternoon. Join this 60-minute tour and discover the island’s colorful houses and hand-made laces, and many other surprises! Your guide Silvia, born and raised in Burano, will lead you on a walking tour of the island, intended not only as a simple sightseeing tour, but also a chance to learn about the history, customs, and traditions of the picturesque community. Visit many interesting monuments, including the Church of St. Martino and St. Barbara and its famous leaning bell tower. Attend a short demonstration on the making of world-famous Burano lace. You'll visit a typical lace museum of Burano island where you'll have the chance to admire precious laces from about the XVI and XVII centuries, and buy home made products for special rates. You’ll have time to explore Burano independently. You might enjoy browsing the typical shops or having lunch at one of the cozy restaurants. The guide will be happy to provide you with suggestions and tips to make the most of your time in Burano!

From Venice: Private City Escape – Mazzorbo, Burano & Murano

4. From Venice: Private City Escape – Mazzorbo, Burano & Murano

Step outside Venice and admire the views on the way to the beautiful Mazzorbo, Burano, and Murano Islands on a private day trip. Make stops along the way to visit classic spots like a glass-making demonstration and Bepis' house. Get a fuller, more extensive experience by exploring the country you are visiting and discovering beautiful cultural gems. It's not your typical day trip. All you have to do is sit back enjoy the ride. Your knowledgeable guide will get you all the interesting insights and stories from a local perspective.

Venice: Guided City Walking Tour

5. Venice: Guided City Walking Tour

Join a guided walking tour and immerse yourself in the fascinating city of Venice. Explore Rialto, St Mark’s Square, the Grand Canal, and more with a local expert. Pass over 100 famous sights along two different routes. With this flexible experience, if you fancy stopping for gelato or taking a gondola ride, you can hop off the guided tour at any point. Once you’re ready to re-join, simply use the app to auto-locate your nearest guide. You’ll also benefit from unlimited access to a mobile city guide, with suggested itineraries and routes to explore. Plot where you’re staying, find the nearest free Wi-Fi spots, and discover the best photo spots.

Venice: Mazzorbo, Burano and Murano Island Walking Tour

6. Venice: Mazzorbo, Burano and Murano Island Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour of three Venetian islands. Let your guide help you purchase water taxi tickets and make your way to the islands of Mazzorbo, Burano, and Murano. Uncover what makes each island unique. Meet your guide and embark on a water taxi to Mazzorbo, the island of monasteries and vineyards. Take a stroll to see medieval church apses and listen as your guide tells you biblical tales as they show you byzantine mosaics. Have some time to admire in the islands greenery and lagoon. Board another taxi to Burano which is known for its technicolor homes and traditional lace production. Watch the colorful houses wiggle with delight at their reflections in the canals of Burano. Continue to Murano, where you’ll delve into its long history of glassmaking. Witness artistry in action at the glass factories and artisanal workshops in Murano. Finish your tour at Murano Navagero.

From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Luxury Boat Tour

7. From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Luxury Boat Tour

Treat yourself to a relaxing and knowledge-filled tour of Venice and the Lagoon Islands in a luxurious boat. See glass-blowing demonstrations and learn about the rich history of the area. Get picked up at San Marco Square and begin your luxury boat ride accompanied by an expert local guide. Cruise along the Grand Canal and admire the splendor of the palazzos and bridges from a different perspective. Next, head to the lagoon and enjoy a short ride to Murano, the capital of high-quality glass art. Learn about the history of the industry, see a glass-blowing demonstration, and enjoy the chance to do some souvenir shopping of your own. Back on board, enjoy light refreshments, and head to Burano to see its brightly painted houses and immerse yourself in the charming fishing village with enduring traditions. Learn about the history and craft of the town's handmade lace. Continue on to Torcello and learn about the time Ernest Hemingway spent there, as well as the secrets of the enchanting island. Enjoy a unique view of the city skyline as you head back to Venice, and toast its beauty with a glass of refined Prosecco before being dropped off at San Marco Square.

Venice: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket & Piazza San Marco Tour

8. Venice: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket & Piazza San Marco Tour

Discover the most famous places of the Venice Lagoon, aboard a panoramic eco boat with a single ticket valid for 24 hours to get on / off wherever you prefer. The main stops are the Santa Lucia Station, Punta Sabbioni, Piazza S. Marco and the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. In Murano, a visit to a glass factory is included with a demonstration of glass processing. On board you will be accompanied by the explanations of our author audio guides and you will also have different itineraries available for when you get off our eco-boats. End the day, at 16h00, with a 1h30 guided tour of the historic center of Venice: the Piazza and the Sestiere di San Marco. Accompanied by an authorized guide, you will discover the uses and customs of the time of the Serenissima and you can admire the most iconic places in Venice: the Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and the Campanile.

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What people are saying about Burano

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 450 reviews

We thank the guide who waited for us despite our small delay. Tour with attention to the smallest details, quite right times (even if in Murano perhaps we needed a little more time), prepared and efficient guide. Overall nice tour!

Great tour with a very informative guide. Watching the skillful glassblower and lacemaker was fascinating. Perhaps a little longer to look at the islands would be good.

Well-informed, friendly guide. Time to explore as well as the guided parts. Weather was not kind, but boat was warm and dry.

Was amazing experience!!!Cristina is excellent guide, knowledgeable, attentive and charming. Thank you very much!!!

Brilliant day out We thoroughly enjoyed our visits to the islands.