Murano and Burano in a Half Day Boat Tour

Visit an artisan glassblowing factory and scenic Burano island by boat with our group only

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 10 Reviews · 4.00h 25 max · Venice, Italy

Are you looking to explore Murano and Burano but avoid the chaos of public ferries and water taxis? Join our small group from Venice and explore the best of these two famous islands with a local guide. Enjoy our private speedboat for roundtrip transportation. Head to a glassblowing demonstration to see how Murano has produced Europe's best glass for centuries. In Burano, see the culture and beauty of the fishing island from its bright houses to lacemaking tradition.

Tour Details
  • Visit Murano and Burano
  • Explore Murano
  • Live glassblowing demonstration
  • The art of glassblowing
  • Visit Burano
  • Take Instagram-worthy pics
  • Explore bridges and sidestreets
  • Live lacemaking demonstration

Escape the crowds and chaos of Venice in a Small Group with an English-speaking tour leader. Catch a glimpse of what the city used to be-an island of artisans world-famous for their craft. Learn fascinating stories of how these traditional skills have been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. This five hour tour includes:

  • Local, English-Speaking, and Fun Tour Guide

  • Roundtrip transportation by Private Boat

  • Glassmaking Demonstration in Murano

  • Lacemaking Demonstration in Burano

  • Free Time in Murano and Burano for Shopping and Exploration

Murano

After meeting your small group in the center of Venice, 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 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. The artisans are allowed to leave the island now, 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 and listen to a description of the 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, working 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.

Burano

Our next stop is the colorful island of 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.

However, 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 lace samples on display.

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.

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Beautiful Experience
14 August 2022
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Reviewed by
Phillip Nguyen

I want to say that Cristina, our guide made this trip amazing, She was interactive when she felt necessary to explain Murano and Burano history and culture. We arrived at Murano to check out how the venetian glass was done. Its just need to see 7 generations of the same family there making these amazing glass pieces... and of course we had to get some in the process. Once in Burano, we got to see the beautiful homes that were vibrant in colors and learn a little about the culture and history... especially of the lace making. Its just insane the amount of time that has to be put into a piece to make it so beautiful. A dying art form that you have to see before the real lace of Burano is no longer made that way. Fantastic trip. Highly recommend as a must see if you are in Venice.

Such a great tour!!
10 August 2022
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Reviewed by
Jessica Grajczyk

My husband and I took this tour in May and there was only 1 other person with us! Our tour guide was friendly and super knowledgeable and we learned a lot about Venice from her! I highly recommend this tour!!

Very interesting
09 August 2022
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Reviewed by
Cynthia Mitchell

I had no idea that you made glass like that, it was mind blowing and super cool. Our guide kept feeding us interesting tidbits of info as well. Great tour

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

The meeting point is just a short walk from St. Mark's Square along the Grand Canal. You will receive exact instructions upon booking.

What to bring?

In the summer, we recommend sunscreen and a water bottle.

Where to meet?

The meeting point is just a short walk from St. Mark's Square along the Grand Canal. You will receive exact instructions upon booking.

Where to meet?

The meeting point is just a short walk from St. Mark's Square along the Grand Canal. You will receive exact instructions upon booking.

What to bring?

In the summer, we recommend sunscreen and a water bottle.

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