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Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice

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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3731MURANO
Discover the Venetian islands of Murano and Burano on a half-day trip from Venice! With your expert guide, you'll learn about the age-old handcrafts that brought these little islands fame, and you’ll see quality Murano glass and Burano lace being made first-hand. It’s the perfect afternoon trip from Venice for those seeking a combination of history and behind-the-scenes action!


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
After meeting in central Venice, your full-day tour starts with a short ride to Murano by boat. Famed for its stunning Murano glass products, the cluster of little islands that comprise Murano are as popular for their glassmaking heritage as they are for their attractiveness.

With your friendly guide, head straight to a glassblower's workshop for an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at a Murano glassmaker in action. As the craftsman goes about his daily business, you'll learn how finished glass is carefully prepared and made. Watch the silica sand turn to glass, discover how the bright colors (typical of Murano glass) are achieved and hear all the highs and lows of working as a glassblower in Murano!

You'll have time to spend at leisure on Murano – a great opportunity to browse the workshop's impressive glass art collection or simply explore on your own.

Next, head to the neighboring island of Burano, where you'll be greeted by its vibrantly colored fishermen's houses that line the streets. Just as Murano is famous for its glassmaking, Burano is famous for its lacemaking. Visit a local workplace to see the island's craftswomen at work. Almost exclusively made by women, Burano lace is the finished product of a painstakingly precise textile craft. As you watch, your guide will talk about the history of this exquisite Venetian lace and explain how the handcrafted finery is sadly becoming a dying art.

Before your half-day trip comes to an end, you can independently visit the fascinating Burano Lace Museum (Museo del Muretto), a modern museum that showcases this age-old craft, or spend time exploring the island. Stroll through the colorful little streets, take photos or browse the shops for a lace keepsake to take home!

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central Venice
Departure Time:
5 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes at Piazza San Marco boat dock, Venice

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Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice

Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice

  • Transport by a luxurious water taxi
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Fayez N, November 2015

Great experience. The guide, Alessandra, was very informative and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour.

Reviewed by: Borbala M, November 2015

It was an awesome experience, I highly recommend it. Our tour guide, Francesca was amazing, she told us about a variety of things and facts, from agriculture, to society and warfare, mostly about Venice, but there were bits of Italian history aswell. The two islands showed us two, almost completely different worlds, and our free time allowed us to explore both. We could peek into the makings of small masterpieces, glasses and lace. Murano was more exciting, but Burano with it's colorful world, compensated it just fine. If you want to experience Venice at it's best, you definitely have to include this trip. Money well spent!

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Tour code: 3731MURANO