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Murano and Burano Islands Guided tour by private boat

Venice
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Duration

5 Hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people

Languages

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Overview

Murano and Burano Islands Guided tour by private boat. Explore the intricacies of two famed Italian handicrafts on a fully guided day trip from Venice to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano with a small group of up to 20 people.

Watch centuries-old glassblowing techniques in Murano, and marvel at the detailed stitches of exquisite Burano lace. Your knowledgeable guide will share the history of these two artisan islands while you visit local workshops and wander the picturesque streets.

Situated just across the Venetian Lagoon from Venice, the lovely islands of Murano and Burano are world-renowned for their traditional artisan crafts. You’ll meet up with your guide in central Venice for the short boat ride to Murano, a picturesque grouping of islands that has been home to some of the world’s finest artisan glassblowers since the 13th century.

Visit the workshop of a local glassblower to watch delicate forms take shape from molten glass through a combination of rolling, shaping with iron tools and blowing through a long metal tube. Learn tricks of the trade, like how minerals are added to give the candy-colored vases and chandeliers of Murano their vibrant hue. Enjoy some free time on the island to explore other workshops and perhaps pick up a souvenir to take home.

Hop back on the boat for the scenic ride to Burano, where traditional lacemaking workshops are scattered among the island’s brightly colored homes. Learn about the history of Burano lace and how it was once sought after by monarchs across Europe for its exquisite quality. You’ll get a chance to watch local craftswomen creating lace through a series of finely detailed weaving and stitching, carrying on a tradition that has thrived here for centuries.

If you like, visit the Burano Lace Museum on your own to delve even deeper into the history of this elegant craft. Enjoy free time to explore the island and peruse local shops before the return boat trip to Venice.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Watch local craftsmen at work in a Murano glass workshop
  • Browse an impressive collection of glass artwork
  • See Burano lace being made by local islanders
  • Visit the Burano Lace Museum independently
  • Enjoy transportation by a private boat, exclusively for your tour group.
  • Enjoy an intimate tour experience with a small group of 20 people or fewer

Itinerary

Isola di Murano

The enchanting islands of Murano and Burano are the perfect change of pace from Venice’s crowded streets and waterways. And the perfect way to reach them is by private water taxi. Faster and sturdier than a gondola, nimbler and less crowded than a waterbus, water taxis are the premier way to travel in Venice.

Few visitors get to experience them, but yours is included, along with an expert local guide who’ll explain Venice’s history as a titan of trade along the way. Your first port of call is a specially chosen glassblowing workshop on Murano. In the Middle Ages, only Murano’s artisans possessed the secrets of this craft, and sharing them was punishable by execution.

You’ll get to witness modern glassblowers wield those once secret techniques, shaping delicate and dazzling works of art from molten glass. Then admire the workshop’s finest work in its gallery, and perhaps take home a piece of your own – with a tour discount. Or explore more of Murano, including its peaceful canals and stunning Byzantine church.

- Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
- Admission Ticket Included

Burano

The locals of nearby Burano still maintain the island’s tradition of handmade lace, some of the finest anywhere in the world. You’ll get to observe lace being hand-stitched the way it has been for generations.

Then visit the lace museum to see the island’s greatest work, or simply enjoy the photo opportunity provided by the colorful houses, brightly painted so sailors could see home as they returned from the sea.

When you cross the lagoon back to Venice, you’ll have a renewed appreciation of the crafts that put the city on the map so long ago.

- Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
- Admission Ticket Included

Included/Excluded

  • Small groups of up to 20 people for a more personalized experience
  • Round-trip transport by a private boat
  • Professional guide
  • Glassmaking demonstration in Murano
  • Lacemaking demonstration in Burano
  • Discount at the glass gallery and lacemaking shop where the demonstrations are given
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Tour's Location

Venice

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When and where does the tour start?
Departure Point:
Riva degli Schiavoni, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy
At the statue of a man (Vittorio Emanuele II) on a horse in Riva degli Schiavoni (San Zaccaria vaporetto stop), in front of the lagoon.

Return Details:
Riva degli Schiavoni, 4110, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
In front of Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth (near San Marco).
Do you arrange airport transfers?
We can arrange transport for your tour experience destination according to your convenience with an extra fee apply.

If interested, you can make the request when you book the tour on the “Additional Information” field or by sending an email to book@magnificenttuscany.com
What is the age range?
Adults: 14+
Children: 2-14
Infants: 0-1
Does this tour take place in case of rain or bad weather?
Light Rain: YES
Storm or very bad conditions: NO
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