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Murano and Burano Day Tour from Venice

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Spend time in Murano and Burano and watch live demonstrations in the art of glassblowing and lace-making led by master artisans! You can also enjoy a 10% discount at the shops where the demonstrations are held.

Description

Escape the crowds and chaos of Venice and catch a glimpse of what the city used to be - an island of artisans world-famous for their craft, where traditional skills have been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. Join us on a half-day trip to these timeless islands, so close yet worlds away from crowded Piazza San Marco.

After meeting in a central Venice location we'll start our tour with a short and comfortable boat ride to Murano. There's a lot to see on the way and your guide will keep you entertained with a description of the sights as you pass them. It's no time at all until we're off the boat again, taking our first steps on beautiful Murano, a small island world-famous for its glass. Once upon a time Murano glassblowers were the only people in Europe who knew how to create a mirror and their skills were so valued that they were banned from leaving the city of Venice under threat of execution. Many things have changed since then but the craft has stayed the same as you'll understand after our first stop - a glassblower's workshop.

Watch a craftsman in action as he goes about his daily business, describing his process in English while he works - what gives the glass its color? How does silica sand become glass? Which is the most difficult part of his job? This is a real, workaday studio and our experience here will be as authentic as it comes. Afterwards you will have time to browse the huge collection of glass art here and wander the island on your own. We don't take commission because we would rather pass those savings on to you, so shop here with a discount, anywhere else around town or don't shop at all - it's your choice.

Then it's back on the boat and off to our next stop, Burano. The tiny island of Burano is famous for two reasons. The first is for its houses; huddled tightly together along streets and canals, each one is painted a different color, with laundry strung up across the narrow streets. Legend has it that fishermen started this trend, painting their houses in bright shades so that they could see home from a distance. But Burano's major claim to fame is its centuries old tradition of lacemaking. Your guide will take you through the streets of Burano to a small building where women sit working feverishly, stitching lace like their mothers and grandmothers before them. Stay and watch their painstaking work, listen to a full commentary on what, in the age of sewing machines, has become a dying art and then take the time to explore the fascinating museum at the back. When Michelangelo visited Burano he bought an altarpiece for the brand new Duomo in Milan. You can take a leaf from his book and pick out your own keepsakes or spend your free time winding your way along the kaleidoscopic streets, sampling delicious cookies in local bakeries.

While other tour operators also visit Torcello, we have intentionally omitted the third island from our tour in favor of providing you with more time to explore the more memorable islands of Murano and Burano. Our selective tour of the islands spends less time on the boat and less time trekking inland, giving you more time to experience this wonderful corner of the world at a pace that suits you.

Itinerary

  • Murano Glassblowing Factory

  • Burano Lace-making shop

Includes

  • English-speaking guide
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Murano and Burano Day Tour from Venice

Duration: 5:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: English-speaking guide
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Schedule

Starting time: 08:15 - 14:30 (Show more)
  • 08:00

    Check in at Riva degli Schiavoni

  • Boat Ride to Murano

    Begin your tour with a short and comfortable boat ride to Murano. There’s a lot to see on the way and your guide will keep you entertained with a description of the sights as you pass them.

  • Murano Island

    Murano is a small island world-famous for its glass. Once upon a time, Murano glassblowers were the only people in Europe who knew how to create a mirror and their skills were so valued that they were banned from leaving the city of Venice under threat of execution.

  • Glassblowing Workshop

    Watch a craftsman in action and learn about the process of glassblowing as he works. Afterwards, you will have time to browse the huge collection of glass art there. Discover other sights on your own such as churches with mosaics.

  • Burano Island

    The tiny island of Burano is famous for its houses, huddled tightly together along streets and canals, each one painted a different color, with laundry strung up across the narrow streets.

  • Lacemaking Workshop

    Burano is known for its old tradition of lacemaking. See women at work and listen to a full commentary on what, in the age of sewing machines, has become a dying art and then take the time to explore the fascinating lace samples on display.

  • 13:15

    End of tour

  • 13:30

    Check in at Riva degli Schiavoni

  • 13:45

    Boat Ride to Murano

    Begin your tour with a short and comfortable boat ride to Murano. There’s a lot to see on the way and your guide will keep you entertained with a description of the sights as you pass them.

  • Murano Island

    Watch a craftsman in action and learn about the process of glassblowing as he works. Afterwards, you will have time to browse the huge collection of glass art there. Discover other sights on your own such as churches with mosaics.

  • Glassblowing Workshop

    Watch a craftsman in action as he goes about his daily business and listen to a description of the process in English while he works. Afterwards you will have time to browse the huge collection of glass art here and wander the island on your own.

  • Burano Island

    The tiny island of Burano is famous for its houses, huddled tightly together along streets and canals, each one painted a different color, with laundry strung up across the narrow streets.

  • Lacemaking workshop

    Burano is known for its old tradition of lacemaking. See women at work and listen to a full commentary on what, in the age of sewing machines, has become a dying art and then take the time to explore the fascinating lace samples on display.

  • 18:45

    End of tour

  • 14:15

    Check in at Riva degli Schiavoni

  • 14:30

    Boat Ride to Murano

    Begin your tour with a short and comfortable boat ride to Murano. There’s a lot to see on the way and your guide will keep you entertained with a description of the sights as you pass them.

  • Murano Island

    Murano is a small island world-famous for its glass. Once upon a time, Murano glassblowers were the only people in Europe who knew how to create a mirror and their skills were so valued that they were banned from leaving the city of Venice under threat of execution.

  • Glassblowing Workshop

    Watch a craftsman in action and learn about the process of glassblowing as he work. Afterwards, you will have time to browse the huge collection of glass art there. Discover other sights on your own such as churches with mosaics.

  • Burano Island

    The tiny island of Burano is famous for its houses, huddled tightly together along streets and canals, each one painted a different color, with laundry strung up across the narrow streets.

  • Lacemaking workshop

    Burano is known for its old tradition of lacemaking. See women at work and listen to a full commentary on what, in the age of sewing machines, has become a dying art and then take the time to explore the fascinating lace samples on display.

  • 19:30

    End of tour

  • (For Check-In) Riva degli Schiavoni Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) In front of Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth Time: 13:15:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Riva degli Schiavoni Time: 08:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) In front of Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth Time: 13:15:00

  • (For Check-In) Riva degli Schiavoni Time: 13:30:00

  • (For Check-Out) In front of Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth Time: 18:45:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Riva degli Schiavoni Time: 13:30:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) In front of Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth Time: 18:45:00

  • (For Check-In) Riva degli Schiavoni Time: 14:15:00

  • (For Check-Out) In front of Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth Time: 19:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Riva degli Schiavoni Time: 14:15:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) In front of Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth Time: 19:30:00

Price & Options

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Water (plastic bottle, etc.)

Additional Note(s)
  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 14:30:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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