Venetian Islands Tour: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking

Venetian Islands Tour: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking

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5 h.
Meeting Point
Vittorio Emanuele II Monument
Start Time
08:15, 13:00, 13:45 & 14:30
Operating Days
per adult

Tour Highlights

  • Round-trip transport by water taxi for City Wonders groups
  • Demonstration at Murano glass workshop and gallery
  • Lacemaking demonstration at Burano lace shop
  • Extra time to explore Murano and Burano on your own
  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Chance to shop with discounts for your group


Set off in a water taxi with your group to discover Venice's two precious island jewels with an expert local guide. You will see live demonstrations of the arts of glassblowing on Murano and lacemaking on Burano with ample time for exploring their hidden treasures and colorful canals.
Colourful Burano Houses

Visit the Gems of Venice's Lagoon

Embark on a cruise to the enchanting islands of Murano and Burano to discover the ancient crafts of glassblowing and lacemaking that have made them so famous with plenty of time for exploring and insight from your guide.

Glassmaker Demostration

Witness Murano Glass in the Making

Dock at a real Murano glass factory for a demonstration of how this molten material is blown into everything from vases to chandeliers. Your imagination is the only limit as you browse the gallery filled with examples of this timeless art.

Murano View with boats in a sunny day

Explore Both Islands in a Half Day

Satisfy your curiosity with plenty of extra time set aside for exploration. The secret treasures of Murano, like the Byzantine San Donato church, or the colorful 'chocolate box' houses that line Burano's picturesque canals are all within reach.

Tour Description

No trip to Venice is complete without discovering the Venetian Lagoon's two most cherished islands. This half-day trip to Murano from Venice with Burano offers perks not usually found on other group tours, like transport by private water taxi and a dedicated guide throughout. Gain perspective on the ageless arts of glassblowing and lacemaking and the mastery of artisans, as well as delight in the unique charm of the tranquil canals and piazzas of these vibrant islets.

Take a Private Water Taxi to Murano

Once you reach the meeting point in central Venice, you'll be whisked off to Murano to see its world-famous blown glass. On the way, admire the 'City of Bridges' from the water with sweeping views and entertaining commentary from your guide as you get ready to witness the magic of Murano glass.

All glassmaking was moved to this tiny group of islands in the Middle Ages, and it was the only place where mirrors were made for centuries. Techniques were so secret that perpetrators risked execution for leaking them. Times have changed, but you'll behold exactly what has made Murano glass so sought after for nearly 750 years.

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Upon arrival, you'll dock at a specially chosen glassblowing workshop where you'll marvel as craftsmen shape molten glass into dazzling works of art. See these sparkling treasures come to life as you learn how colors and the most ambitious shapes come to be. You can also browse in the gallery, or shop with our discount. Afterward, explore Murano to enjoy its sleepy canals and San Donato church, a stunning example of Byzantine architecture, without being hurried.

Discover the Finest Handmade Lace at Burano

The next stop on your Venice cruise is Burano. Considered by many as one of the most colorful places in the world, this small fishing community with its brightly colored houses also has some of the finest handmade lace anywhere. Watch this cultural tradition in action as women stitch by hand, like countless generations before them. After the demonstration, you will have free time to visit the lace museum, stroll Burano's vibrant waterways, or shop for souvenirs.

For a full day adventure to discover Venice and its lagoon, check out our Best of Venice and Small Islands Tour. Alternatively, view our full list of Day Trips from Venice.

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What's Included

  • Glassmaking demonstration in Murano
  • Lacemaking demonstration in Burano
  • Expert, English-speaking guide for the duration of the tour
  • Discount at the glass gallery and lacemaking shop where the demonstrations are given
  • Round-trip transportation by water taxi

Sites Visited

  • Island of Murano
  • Island of Burano
  • Murano glassblowing workshop
  • Burano lacemaking shop


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