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Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

1. 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. Find out the facinating story of Murano glassblowers and how 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. Cruise to the tiny island of Burano to see the brightly-painted houses huddled tightly together along streets and canals. Uncover Burano’s centuries-old lacemaking tradition as you visit a building where women still partake in this tradition of stitching lace. 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.

Venice Museum Pass & Doge's Palace Entrance Ticket

2. 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.

Venice: Glass Museum and Lace Museum Combo Entry Tickets

3. Venice: Glass Museum and Lace Museum Combo Entry Tickets

Get entry into 2 of Venice's iconic museums, the Glass Museum, and the Lace Museum, with this combo ticket. Enjoy a 1-day public transport ticket if you select this option. Admire the astonishing glass collection at the Murano Glass Museum and discover the art of lacemaking in the Lace Museum.  Explore 2 must-see museums at your own pace and choose the order you want to visit each. See lacemaking from the 16th to the 20th-century. You will love the Murano Glass Museum if you are obsessed with Murano Glass jewelry. Discover the history of glass blowing and see stunning glasswork. Immerse yourself in the art of lace and glass on a day out in Venice that you won't forget. Marvel at the most extensive Murano glass collection in history at the Glass Museum and see the world's most renowned lace in Burano at the Lace Museum. 

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.

Venice: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket and Guided Walking Tour

5. Venice: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket and Guided Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the beauty and majesty of Venice as you cruise through its canals and lagoon with an unlimited, 24-hour hop-on hop-off boat pass. Stop at top attractions like San Marco Square. Follow a guide an a 2-hour walking tour through the city's charming streets.  Travel easily around Venice on a boat tour and see the city at your own pace. Get off or stay on the boat and explore the sights that you wish to see. The main stops of the boat are at Santa Lucia Station, Punta Sabbioni, Piazza San Marco and the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Enjoy facinating audio guided commentary on the boat and get access to both Line A and Line B boats. Dive into the story behind the wealth and ambition of the influential people that shaped this distinguished city on a guided walking tour held in English.  Enjoy a local glass blowing demonstration along the way. Walk over the famed Rialto Bridge and pass by Doge’s Palace. 

Venice: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket & Entry to Lace Museum

6. Venice: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket & Entry to Lace Museum

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. In Murano, visit the Glass Museum, thanks to the ticket included in the price: you will enjoy a wonderful journey to discover this millenary art famous all over the world. In Burano, the tour includes entry to the Lace Museum: you will see unique pieces of this ancient artisan tradition

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What people are saying about Glass Museum

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Made getting to the islands so much easier. We were only in Venice for 2 days and figuring out the transportation was just not an option for us. Our guide was great. She told us about each of the 2 islands and we had a demonstration on both. Then about and hour to ourselves. Not really long enough in burano considering it was lunch time and we all had to eat. So no time to really see it. I would suggest the tour add another hour on just to allow for that. But over all it was great. A bit of a long ride back on the boat to Venice. Maybe an hour. Which was comfortable. Maybe 20 of us on a smaller boat but fully covered from the sun and good air flow. So that was great bec it was hot. Pay close attention to meeting point. She was right where she was supposed to be but if you don’t know the area it can be chaotic.

Susana was great! Along with the rest of our group, we caught a private water taxi to the two islands.We had about 1.5hrs on Murano after a demonstration at a glass making factory. After that we were able to visit the gallery or a walk around the city center. We then caught the private water taxi to Burano, where we went to a lace making shop. The demo wasn’t as great here but it was still interesting to walk around the store. We then had two hours on Burano, which was beautiful. There were lots of little shops, bakeries, restaurants and it was fun to walk around town. I bought cookies and sat at the waterfront and watched all the taxis arrive. It was one of the highlights of my trip to Venice.

Our tour guide, Emanuella, was friendly, fascinating and obviously loved the places she was taking us to which made the tour really special. We never got bored of hearing her talk, she had such wonderful and interesting stories and information to impart! The glass blowing demonstration was incredible and although the lace making demonstration was much more brief/less structured, I think the balance was correct because it meant we had time to wander around Burano which is beautiful - and I wouldn't have wanted to miss out on some time to wander! Everything very well timed and well worth the money you pay for your tour. Would definitely recommend.

Francesca B was an amazing tour guide, great knowledge of islands we visited as well as those on the way to and from Venice. Boat ride was comfortable and informative. Tour of Burbank and Murano was beautiful and is definitely a must see for tourists. Would recommend to anyone!

We loved tour of murano and Burbank and our guide Chiara was the best. The B.E.S.T. So friendly, informative and energetic. We will all remember her.