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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 1.5 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.

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.

Cortina & Dramatic Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Venice

3. Cortina & Dramatic Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Venice

Escape the crowds of Venice and take a day trip to the Dolomites, with stops at Cortina, Misurina Lake, and Auronzo Lake. See fabulous scenery and get plenty of opportunities to take epic photographs. Pass through tunnels with astonishing views of canyons and valleys, which appear as if from nowhere. The scenery in this region is quite simply some of the most breathtaking in Europe. Upon arrival in Cortina, nicknamed the “Pearl of the Dolomites,” you will have approximately 90 minutes free time to stroll around the town, and take in the picturesque views of the mountains. Weather permitting, you will also be able to take the cable car up to Faloria, which overlooks the town of Cortina from its lofty 7,000-foot high mountain perch. Continue your trip towards Lake Misurina, taking the toll road up to outstanding peaks of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. At 7,740 feet (2,360 meters), it will reward you with yet more unforgettable views of the Dolomites. Take time to stroll around and breathe in that fresh mountain air. Alternatively, break for an optional lunch, and admire the mountain peaks and spectacular backdrop of Sorapis, and Marmarole. After lunch, drive to picturesque Lake Auronzo, passing through enchanting mountain villages as you head back towards Venice, and your final drop-off point.

Venice: Half-Day Trip to Murano and Burano

4. Venice: Half-Day Trip to Murano and Burano

Climb aboard a comfortable motorboat for a half-day trip around the Venetian islands of Murano and Burano, and discover a more local and authentic side to Venice. Depart from a pier close to St. Mark’s Square for a convenient crossing to Murano. Cross the lagoon to the “Island of Glass” as you hear fascinating stories about the city. On landing, go to one of the famous glass factories to see how the colorful glass ware is blown. Alternatively, stroll the quiet streets of the island at leisure. Continue to Burano to discover one of Venice Lagoon’s most picturesque islands. See the major sights, learn about the history of the island, before spending some free time wandering around the chocolate box houses. Admire the bright colors of the fishermen’s island and visit a typical lace museum.

Venice: Panoramic Boat Tour to Murano, Burano, & Torcello

5. Venice: Panoramic Boat Tour to Murano, Burano, & Torcello

Discover some of the most famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon on this full-day boat tour. Travel with your guide through the canals of Venice on a panoramic vessel and witness the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Start your day of adventure boarding your comfortable panoramic boat as you set-off from St. Mark's. Take in the sights of this ancient city for around 30 minutes until you reach your first destination, Murano. Enjoy a glass-blowing demonstration with a glass master accompanied by a historical explanation of the craft. Be sure to stop by the souvenir store at the glass factory and enjoy a 20% discount on your purchases. Your scheduled time in Murano also includes free time to explore on your own. Leave Murano behind as you travel to the nearby island of Burano. Witness the quaint and colorful houses that dot the island and observe the lace makers at work. Become acquainted with their rare skill which is considered some of the finest worldwide. Stop for a bite to eat during your time in Burano and be sure to try some of the local biscotti that is native to the island. Travel to your final stop, Torcello. Enjoy a 1 hour visit to the island and visit historical landmarks such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Attila's Throne, the Devil's Bridge, and the Bell Tower. Finish your adventure with a 1 hour trip back to Venice taking in the breathtaking ambience of the Venetian lagoon.

Venice: Murano and Burano Excursion

6. Venice: Murano and Burano Excursion

Meet your local guide in a central location near Piazza San Marco and board a private boat to learn more about the Venetian lagoon and its islands. Stop on the characteristic island of Murano, and visit the 7th-century Church of Santa Maria e San Donato. Stroll through the silent streets for about 15 minutes to arrive at an old glass factory where the glass blowers are still working. Benefit for some free time to shop or explore the rest of the island. Then, travel by private boat to the nearby island of Burano. Upon arrival, take in the colorful houses of one of the most enchanting parts of Venice. Lose yourself in the picturesque streets and discover lovely corners. You will have free time to enjoy lunch on this tour. Return to the main island of Venice for a glass of sparkling Prosecco at the end of your tour services.

Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

7. Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

In ancient times, Padua and Venice were connected by typical river boats called Burchiello®. The wooden boats featured elegant cabins and 3 or 4 balconies and were driven by the wind or oars, before being drawn by horses from Fusina to Padua. Recreate this journey on a full-day mini cruise from the heart of Padua to Venice San Marco. Departing from the historical Burchiello® Stairway at Portello, you will cruise along the original course of the 18th-century Venetian Burchielli, passing the gorgeous Villa Giovanelli at Noventa Padovana. Relax on board the luxury boat, with open-air deck to soak up the views. Disembark at Stra for a guided tour of Villa Pisani's gardens, the greatest gardens of the Brenta Riviera. Marvel at its impressive swimming pool, the grandiose stables and the elegant eighteenth-century Coffee House. Continue towards Dolo, enjoying historic illustrations of the different villas seen from the river. Pass through Dolo Lock and on towards Mira. Just past Mira Lock you will stop at Villa Widmann for a guided tour of the 18th-century mansion that belonged to a noble family of Persian origin. Cruise to Oriago, where you will stop for lunch in the historic Il Burchiello Restaurant. Next, navigate to Malcontenta, cruising past villas, villages and swing bridges. Upon arrival in Malcontenta, stop to explore one last villa; the regal Villa Foscari. Located on the edge of the lagoon, it was within easy access of Venice for its powerful Venetian owner. Finally, cruise through the Moranzani Lock to journey across the lagoon, and dock at San Marco Riva degli Schiavoni at the “Pontile della Pietà” landing stage.

From Jesolo: Day Trip to Murano, Burano, and Torcello

8. From Jesolo: Day Trip to Murano, Burano, and Torcello

Escape the crowds in Venice and hop on a boat bound for the three most famous Venetian islands: Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Set sail from Punta Sabbioni and make a quick stop in Venice to pickup other tour participants before heading to Murano. Enjoy the beautiful views of the lagoon and its scattered islands while learning about the history of Venice and the islands you will visit from your expert guide. Once in Murano, you'll have an hour to explore the island, world-famous for its long tradition of glass-making. Choose to attend a 15-minute demonstration by a master glassmaker and pick up some local glass handicrafts or visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria and Donato and wander the town's quaint streets. Move on to Burano where you will have about two hours to take in views of the island's famous colored houses. Peruse the shops selling renowned Burano lace and visit workshops where it is common to see women intent on embroidering various lace products. Enjoy the mesmerizing backdrop of vividly colored houses, flowered balconies, fishermen coming and going in their boats, and the leaning bell tower. Eat lunch wherever you choose or get tips from your local guide on the best spots for different budgets. Finally, make an hour-long stop at Torcello. Once the most populated island in the Republic of Venice and the trading center of the city, Torcello was gradually abandoned over the centuries and today has just over 10 inhabitants. Enjoy the sleepy, bucolic setting of this ideal island getaway from the hustle and bustle of Venice. Check out the Cathedral of Santa Maria dell'Assunta, the Devil's Bridge, the Church of Santa Fosca, and the ancient stone chair called Attila's Throne.

Venice: Prosecco Wine Tasting Tour

9. Venice: Prosecco Wine Tasting Tour

Discover the origins and history of the most famous sparkling Italian wine, Prosecco, on this full-day tour. Meet your wine expert guide in Piazzale Roma, close to the historical center of Venice, and enjoy the drive towards region where prosecco is produced in a comfortable van. During your trip, you will pass by the original region of prosecco, Conegliano Valdobbiadene, a complex of small towns and expanses of vineyards. Visit 2 traditional wineries to learn all the secrets of Prosecco production and have 2 wine tasting sessions. First, stop at a family-run winery for a guided tour of the vineyards. Enjoy a tasting session paired with a light lunch with local products like cheese, salami, bread, and seasonal vegetables. After lunch with a view, head to the second winery to meet the winemaker for a guided tour of the production. Learn more about the Charmat method and a second wine tasting session. At the end of this trip to the magical world of Prosecco land, return to the starting point.

Venice in One Day: Guided Tour From Florence

10. Venice in One Day: Guided Tour From Florence

You will travel from Florence to Venice in a luxury coach and, once in the famed city, your full day exploration will begin. Following your tour leader into the heart of Venice, you will be amazed by the ornate detail of St. Mark’s Basilica standing tall in Piazza San Marco. After admiring the beauty of Piazza San Marco, make your way, at your own pace, to the Palazzo Ducale and see where Venice's powerful government once stood. As you discover the magic of Venice, it will be clear why it is loved by so many. Venice is built on water, so naturally, it is best viewed from a traditional Venetian boat, a gondola. As you float along the picturesque canals, you will be face to face with Venetian architecture and culture. A ride in a gondola (not included in price) is not to be missed. At the end of your day, meet your tour leader to head back to Florence.

Frequently asked questions about Venice Day Trips

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5 best day trips from Venice

Day trip to Venetian Lagoon Islands

1. Day trip to Venetian Lagoon Islands

A trip to the Venetian Lagoon is a popular excursion from Venice. Explore Murano, Burano, and Torcello and discover what each of these unique, arresting islands has to offer. Admire the views over St. Mark's Basin en route to Murano. Witness the town’s world-famous glassblowers in action and pick up a few pieces to bring home. Next, travel to see the unparalleled serenity of Burano. Wander among its iconic rainbow-colored houses and shop for fine lace and embroidery. Finally, immerse yourself in the mystical and mythical island of Torcello, dotted with the ruins of its glorious past. Torcello was the first island in the Venetian lagoon to be populated, and it’s also where the habitation of Venice and its legendary craftsmanship and entrepreneurialism began.

How far are the Venetian Lagoon Islands from Venice?

The islands of the Venetian Lagoon are about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Venice. Traveling by boat usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

Day trip to Verona

2. Day trip to Verona

Immortalized by Shakespeare, Verona is a popular day trip destination from Venice. Visitors can stand beneath the very balcony where Romeo once called up to his beloved Juliet. If you’re looking for more than a tragic love story, Verona has plenty of ancient Roman history to explore. Venture to the famous Roman amphitheater, today home to open-air operas each summer and people watch from the shade of a café on Piazza Mercato, Piazza dei Signori, or Piazza Erbe. Learn how the city has developed over the centuries, including the construction of the medieval Castelvecchio and the tombs of the Scaligeri family at the church of Santa Maria Antica. Before you leave, don’t forget to admire the Roman bridge over the Adige River.

How far is Verona from Venice?

Verona is about 115 kilometers miles (72 miles) inland from Venice. By car, the journey takes about an hour and 20 minutes. You can usually get there a couple of minutes faster if you travel by train.

Day trip to  Lake Garda

3. Day trip to  Lake Garda

As the largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda’s shores are lined with quaint resorts and historic villages. For fans of boating, fishing, swimming, and other popular watersports, it’s the ideal destination for a day trip. Make a pit stop in Sirmione, a small village at the end of a narrow peninsula extending into the lake, to soak in its dramatic vistas and thermal baths. See Roman-era villas, ancient pillars, and stone walls in Limone sul Garda. Afterward, take the ferry to Riva del Garda, for some window shopping and lunch at a pizzeria along the promenade.

How far is Lake Garda from Venice?

Lake Garda is 200 kilometers (124 miles) east of Venice. A car or bus tour will get you there in about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Day trip to Padua and Riviera del Brenta

4. Day trip to Padua and Riviera del Brenta

Spend some time walking around the old town of < a href= "https://www.getyourguide.com/padua-l388/">Padua and experience one of Italy’s most fascinating cities. Don’t miss the stunning Basilica of Saint Anthony or  the University of Padua, one of the world’s oldest institutions for higher learning. The Palazzo della Ragione, the ancient seat of the city courts, hosts a vegetable market by day and transforms into a local gathering place for coffee, desserts, and aperitifs in the evening. As a university city, Padua’s nightlife is vibrant, youthful, and ever-changing. In particular, be sure to check out the legendary Caffè Pedrocchi.

How far are Padua and Brenta Riviera from Venice?

The trip by car or tour bus is about 41 kilometers (25 miles), and takes just 40 minutes. However, the high-speed rail line will get you there in under half an hour.

Day trip to the Dolomites and Cortina d’Ampezzo

5. Day trip to the Dolomites and Cortina d’Ampezzo

If mountain vistas and idyllic lakes get you excited, head to Cortina and the Dolomites. This welcome escape from the crowds of Venice makes for a picturesque day trip. En route, disappear into deep tunnels before emerging to discover photo-worthy views of canyons and valleys. Cortina, appropriately called the "Pearl of the Dolomites," is known for its crisp mountain air. Weather permitting, take the cable car up to Faloria, which overlooks the town from a lofty 7,000-foot high mountain perch. Trek onward and upward to Lake Misurina, to the dizzying peaks of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo for more unforgettable views of the Dolomites. For a relaxing last stop, make your way to the crystalline Lake Auronzo while heading back to Venice.

How far is Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Dolomites from Venice?

Cortina is 158 kilometers (98 miles) directly north of Venice. A car will be your fastest transport option, clocking in at about 2 hours. The train and bus both take closer to 3 hours.

Venice Day Trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

Taking a gondola may work on the canals of Venice, but might not be your best transport option on a day trip. Luckily, the city offers several convenient options for transportation.
  • • Venice day trips by train

    For numerous day trips outside the city, traveling from Venice by train is an appealing and accessible option. Some of the biggest day trips that can be taken by train include Verona, Lake Garda, Padua, and Cortina.

  • • Venice day trips by bus

    Many companies offer service for day trips from Venice by bus. In fact, many guided tour tickets include bus transport, and some even offer hotel pickup to make your day trip to Verona or the Dolomites that much easier.

  • • Venice day trips by car

    You might prefer taking the transportation for your day trip from Venice into your own hands. In that case, traveling by car will typically be the fastest option for getting around Italy.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

With so many local customs to learn about around Venice, having an expert guide lead you through your day is an excellent option for making the most of your time. For some trips, like those out to the lake or mountains, you might want to venture off on your own and explore the natural beauty of Italy.


What should I pack for my day trip?

Adapting to the local climate around Venice means dressing in loose, breathable clothing and wearing comfortable and sturdy sneakers or sandals. Pack a towel and swim trunks for hitting the many beaches, lakes, and rivers that surround you.


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What people are saying about Venice

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 8,554 reviews

There is commentary during the boat ride, spoken in Italian, English, French, Spanish. The itinerary worked out really well and you’re given ample/sufficient time at each island. Would definitely recommend this tour to help ease with transportation as well!

Great experience. Small group od 9 people, friendly guide Katy, who answered every question se had. The whole trip was great, we enjoyed it very much.

I concur with previous review: it’s a worthwhile experience, especially for the money you pay. You have enough time to explore the islands.

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

It was a lovely day. An itinerary might improve guests planning for how to spend allotted time in each place.