Stunning view of the canal in Murano
Beautiful view of the canal in Burano
Old woman showing lacemaking in Burano
Live glass blowing experience in Murano
Tourists going around venice on a Water Taxi

Venetian Islands Tour: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking

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  • Enjoy a relaxing boat trip to the two most colorful islands in the lagoon - Murano and Burano – home of the Venetian artisans.
  • Watch local artisans give live demonstrations of their traditional glassblowing and lacemaking crafts, and then browse their collections of world-famous pieces.
  • You will be taken to these iconic islands on a private water taxi by an expert English-speaking tour guide, who will share with you the story of the traditional islands, show you the hidden places, local bakeries and unique food to try.

Escape to Murano and Burano from Venice

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
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Island of Murano
  • Island of Burano
  • Murano glassblowing workshop
  • Burano Lace-making shop

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.

Learn More with our Expert Guides

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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