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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2495ABTOUR2
Explore three famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon – Murano, Torcello and Burano – on a half-day sightseeing excursion by motorboat. Accompanied by a local guide, you'll stop at a glass-blowing factory on Murano, visit Venice's first cathedral on the tranquil island of Torcello and shop for handcrafted lace on Burano. This morning or afternoon tour is a great introduction to the magical islands around the medieval city of Venice and its enclosed bay in the Adriatic Sea.

Highlights

  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Board a comfortable motorboat, departing from the Alilaguna pier in front of the Royal Gardens, and speed along the Venetian Lagoon to three islands famous for their handicrafts and architecture. You’ll cruise past the islands of San Giorgio Maggiore, San Servolo, San Lazzaro degli Armeni and Sant’Elena Gardens to Murano, divided into nine islets crossed by a wide canal. Known for its glassware shops and factories, Murano boasts a long and still-thriving tradition dating back to 1291, when glass artisans moved their kilns from the old city center.

Explore the island on foot and stop at a glass factory to watch a skilled glass blower create works of art. Learn from your guide about Murano’s wealth in the 15th and 16th centuries when the island was central to Europe’s glass making. View the magnificent splendor of Murano’s palaces and Veneto-Byzantine style churches, some with mosaics and ornamental motifs designed in the 12th century, and catch a glimpse of San Michele – Venice’s 19th-century cemetery – across the water. Before re-boarding the boat, you'll have time to visit a museum showcasing the world-famous Murano glass.

When you reach the island of Torcello – established between the 5th and 6th centuries and the earliest center of civilization in the Venetian Lagoon – you’ll see evidence of the island’s glorious past as it once flourished with ornate palaces and churches. First, view the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the 7th century. Your guide will also show you the excavated remains of the circular baptistery in the Church of Santa Fosca, which showcases a delightful portico and striking Byzantine interior.

Afterward, journey to the island of Burano and admire the picturesque fishermen's houses painted in bright pastel colors. In this miniature Venice, you’ll find the famous lace – abundant since the 16th century and once considered the most refined in Europe. Browse local shops and find lace on display at a museum dedicated to the craft of lace making before your guide returns you to Venice.

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Tour departs from the Alilaguna pier in front of the Royal Gardens (Giardinetti Reali) at San Marco
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Returns to original departure point

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9:30am Departure
Code: EN0930

Departs at 9:30am. Available March 28, to November 03 only

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10:30am Departure
Code: EN1000

Departs at 10:30am. Available between May 29, until September 14 only with an English-speaking guide

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11am Departure
Code: ENES1100

Departs at 11:00am.

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2:30pm Departure
Code: EN1430

Departs at 2:30pm. Between November 03, 2014, and March 27, 2015, tour departs at 2pm.

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3pm Departure
Code: ENIT1500

Tour departs at 3pm

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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half Day Sightseeing Tour
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Inclusions:
  • Professional guide
  • Visit a glass-blowing factory at Murano
  • Travel by shared motor boat between Venice, Murano, Burano and Torcello
Exclusions:
  • Entrance fees to Torcello Church
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The time spent on each island is between 30 to 40 minutes
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Mary F, September 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed the boat trip to the three islands. I only took the tours because my friend wanted to go to Murano for the glass. I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful buildings and the history of Venice as well as the three islands. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Reviewed by: shereegillard, September 2014

This tour was amazing!

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Tour code: 2495ABTOUR2