• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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Explore the intricacies of two famed Italian handicrafts with a day trip from Venice to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. Watch centuries-old glassblowing techniques in Murano, and marvel at the detailed stitches of exquisite Burano lace. Your knowledgeable guide will share the history of these two artisan islands while you visit local workshops and wander the picturesque streets.

Highlights

  • Half-day Murano and Burano tour from Venice
  • Watch local craftsmen at work in a Murano glass workshop
  • Browse an impressive collection of glass artwork
  • See Burano lace being made by local islanders
  • Visit the Burano Lace Museum independently

What You Can Expect

Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice

Murano & Burano

Situated just across the Venetian Lagoon from Venice, the lovely islands of Murano and Burano are world-renowned for their traditional artisan crafts. You’ll meet up with your guide in central Venice for the short boat ride to Murano, a picturesque grouping of islands that has been home to some of the world’s finest artisan glassblowers since the 13th century.
Visit the workshop of a local glassblower to watch delicate forms take shape from molten glass through a combination of rolling, shaping with iron tools and blowing through a long metal tube. Learn tricks of the trade, like how minerals are added to give the candy-colored vases and chandeliers of Murano their vibrant hue. Enjoy some free time on the island to explore other workshops and perhaps pick up a souvenir to take home.
Hop back on the boat for the scenic ride to Burano, where traditional lacemaking workshops are scattered among the island’s brightly colored homes. Learn about the history of Burano lace and how it was once sought after by monarchs across Europe for its exquisite quality. You’ll get a chance to watch local craftswomen creating lace through a series of finely detailed weaving and stitching, carrying on a tradition that has thrived here for centuries.
If you like, visit the Burano Lace Museum on your own to delve even deeper into the history of this elegant craft. Enjoy free time to explore the island and peruse local shops before the return boat trip to Venice.

Customer Reviews

Denise U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

The tour was interesting and informative. It was a nice boat ride over to the islands and the amount of time spent at each was perfect.

Pamela E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

The tour guide was great and she knew so much about the area and it's history, she made the tour so much fun. the two areas we saw were fantastic!

Neil D Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Chiara, our guide was very informative explaining much of the history of Venice and the islands inhabiting it. I really loved the colourful buildings in Burano.

Linda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Our trip to Murano and Burano was very nice!! Our tour guide, Roberta was very friendly, patient, and knowledgeable about Venice and its environs!! We didn't have a really long time on either island, but it was enough and very interesting!! The glass demonstration on Murano was brief but very interesting, and the craftsmen were incredibly talented! We had a brief demonstration of lace making on Burano, which unfortunately is a dying art. There were quite a few shops that sell items made of lace, and we had a little time to wander around this very colorful island!! My daughter and I enjoyed the trip immensely!!

Lillian N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

We enjoyed both island visits. Our guide, Bernadette l, was great. She was very nice and gave a lot of great info about the areas with good recommendations about food and sweets . The private boat rides to the islands were very enjoyable! Highly recommended!

KARI H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Our guide Elisa was wonderful, however there was some high pressure sales by the people that worked at both the glass factory and the lace shop. Otherwise a nice afternoon trip with good information

Bernard G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

5 hour tour ... worth the experience. Our guide was great, very knowledgeable and constantly making sure that we were enjoying our trip. 5 stars for our guide!
Loved the boat rides to/from the islands.
Items in the shops that we visited were overpriced. Take the time to walk around the city ... and visit the shops in town.

Bella P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Great way to see 2 very different islands of Venice. Artisan and colorful islands. Neat history behind it.

Suanaye W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Our tour guide was GREAT! She was funny and gave a great history story about ALL of the islands. Murano Island was nice, Burano island was better, it was vaery colorful and we learned the reason why it's so colorful!!!! This is a must take tour!!

Courtney L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

this is a fun tour where you get to see these lovely crafts (the glass blowing was especially fascinating) and see more of the Venice area. Murano and Burano are both gorgeous.

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