Murano and Burano in a Half Day Boat Tour

Easily visit these colorful Venetian islands by boat and see traditional glassblowing and lacemaking

Travel Flexibly 4.9 / 5 See All 252 Reviews · 4.00h · Venice, Italy

Looking for an easy way to explore Murano and Burano while you’re in Venice? Avoid the chaos of public ferries or water taxis and join our small group tour to see the best of these two famous Venetian islands, with private round-trip transportation by water taxi. With an expert local guide, see the colorful houses and lacemaking traditions of Burano, and visit pretty Murano where you’ll witness the famous glassblowing techniques passed down through the generations.

  • Boat Tour
  • Meet your guide at St. Mark’s Square
  • Murano Island
  • Glass blowing demonstration
  • Burano Island
  • Colored houses of Burano
  • Lacemaking demonstration
  • Free Time
  • Take Instagram-worthy pics
  • Venice Return
  • End near St. Mark's Square

Getting to Murano and Burano from Venice can be a little chaotic if you're using the public ferries and water taxis, so this small group tour makes things a lot simpler! You'll meet your friendly local guide in St. Mark's Square, and soon you'll be cruising to these picturesque islands on a private speedboat. First stop will be the famous glass making island of Murano, where you'll have a live glassblowing demonstration. Next, visit the colorful nearby island of Burano, where you'll see a centuries-old lacemaking demonstration not available to the public.

Murano and Burano Boat Tour Description

Your 4-hour tour includes:

  • Round trip transportation from Venice by private boat

  • Tour and glassblowing demonstration in Murano

  • Tour and lacemaking demonstration in Burano

  • Friendly, English-speaking guide

  • Maximum group size of 22

Murano

After meeting your small group in St. Mark's Square, your adventure begins 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 stories of the sites you sail past. Soon enough, you'll arrive in 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. The artisans are allowed to leave the island now of course, but the craft has stayed the same and you'll witness it first-hand at our first stop—a glassblower’s workshop. 

Witness a master craftsman in motion as he conducts his daily tasks, while receiving a detailed explanation of the process. What gives the glass its color? How does silica sand become glass? Which is the most difficult part of his job? All your questions will be answered throughout the demo, as this is a real, working studio and your experience here will be as authentic as it comes. Afterwards you'll have time to browse the huge collection of glass art in the show room or wander the island on your own for a while.

Being an island and subject to problems related to high water, the gondola or boat tour cannot be guaranteed due to force majeure.

Burano

Our next stop is the colorful island of Burano, you'll be struck immediately by its old-world charm. Huddled tightly together along streets and canals, each house 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.

However, Burano’s major claim to fame is its ancient tradition of lacemaking. Your guide will take you through the streets of Burano to a small building where women sit and stitch lace like their mothers and grandmothers before them. They only demonstrate for tours, so this is your best bet to see them in action! Stay and watch their painstaking work, and hear how, in the age of sewing machines, these traditional methods are unique and highly sought-after.

When Michelangelo visited Burano he bought an altarpiece for the brand new Duomo in Milan, and there's no shortage of wonderful artisan shops to explore today either. You can spend your free time in the island winding your way along the kaleidoscopic streets and taking in the ambiance. We'd recommend trying the local cookies for one of the island's bakeries too—delicious!

What you get with this tour
Passionate English-speaking guide
Round trip private boat transport
Glass blowing demonstration
Free time to explore
Lace making demonstration
Group size of 22
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Very good experience
14 June 2024
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Reviewed by
Dave Portillo

Such a great tour! Our tour guide Christina was great, sharing history and insights with the group. She was genuinely concerned about her customers, even getting the group plastic bags after some people expressing fear of getting sea sick (including me). Burano was splendid, wish we had more time there. Highly recommend this tour. This was our 4th tour with Tourguy after 2 in Rome and another in Venice. Our friends are doing the Rome tours next month- positive word of mouth!

Serina is a fantastic guide!
12 June 2024
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Reviewed by
Elizabeth Lobo

Our guide Serina was fantastic. She made everyone feel welcome and knew a great deal about the many islands of Venice. The demo in Murano was interesting and brief while the follow up visit to the glass showroom was like visiting a museum. The items available inside are exquisite but pricey. We had no time to explore outside the single glass place we visited. We loved visiting Burano. It was notably peaceful after much time spent in the crowds of the Venice city center. The colorful houses are delightful and the Trexento gelato is the best we’ve tried yet 😋 the lace making is incredible but sadly a dying art.

Awesome experience
12 June 2024
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Reviewed by
Kathleen Czubik

Thank you, Alexia and Stefano. You did an amazing job. So enjoyed learning about beautiful Venice, Murano, BURANO and the islands.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Wear some comfortable shoes, and bring water and a camera. In the summer, we recommend sunscreen too.

What to bring?

Wear some comfortable shoes, and bring water and a camera. In the summer, we recommend sunscreen too.

What if I'm concerned about my mobility?

This small group tour does require some walking and you'll need to get on and off the boat too. If you have concerns about your mobility, take a look at our Murano and Burano Private Tour which can be more easily tailored to your needs.

Does this tour use public transportation?

We book a private water taxi to take just our group out to Murano and Burano. You won't be on the main water bus with large crowds.

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