Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Glass and Lace Tour

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Highlights:

Explore the glass blowing traditions of Murano at an artisan's workshop

See women making lace on the tiny island of Burano, and get an explanation of the dying art in English

Wander the streets of Burano to see the brightly painted houses

Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and take home your own lace keepsake

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  • Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Glass and Lace Tour

    Duration: 5 hours

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Overview:

Discover the lace-making and glass blowing traditions of Murano and Burano on a leisurely 5-hour tour of Venice. Head into the Venetian lagoon to watch glass and lace-making demonstrations, with options to buy items at a discount.

Description:

Escape the crowds of central Venice and catch a glimpse of what life in the city used to be like, as an island of artisans famous for their traditional craft skills, passed down from generation to generation.

Your guide will keep you entertained on the short boat ride to the small island of Murano, famous for its glass making traditions. Historically, Murano glassblowers were the only Europeans that knew how to create a mirror, and their skills were so valued they were banned from leaving Venice on the threat of execution.

Watch a craftsman in action and listen to a description of the process in English. Learn how silica sand becomes glass, and how the glass is given color. Afterwards, there will be time to browse the huge collection of glass art, and wander the island on your own.

Back on the boat, cruise to the tiny island of Burano to see the brightly-painted houses huddled tightly together along streets and canals. Burano’s main claim to fame is its centuries-old lacemaking tradition. Stroll through the streets to a small building where women feverishly stitch lace, just as their mothers and grandmothers used to do.

Your guide will explain the process of this dying art. Then, you can follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and pick out your own keepsake. Or, wander the winding streets, sampling delicious cookies at local bakeries.

Unlike other tours, this excursion intentionally omits Torcello to provide you with more time on Murano and Burano, and with less time on the boat or trekking inland.

What's Included:

• Glass making demonstration at a Murano factory, with commentary in English
• Lace making demonstration at a shop in Burano, with commentary in English
• Discount at the glass blowing and lace-making venues where the demonstrations are held (10% or more, depending on the item)
• Headsets where necessary
• Round-trip transportation by boat

What's Not Included:

• Hotel pick-up and drop off
• Gratuities

Good to Know:

• Clients must arrive at the designated meeting point and present their tour voucher to the tour coordinator/guide. Late arrivals will not be able to catch up with the group and no refunds will be given for those who arrive after the departure time

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  • Rating: 5 “Fantastic”

    Reviewed by Clare – Birmingham, United Kingdom on July 6, 2015 Fantastic your guide Ricardo, really enjoyed the whole afternoon. The boat was gorgeous! Well worth the money and really learned a lot from the trip :)


  • Rating: 5 “Delightful experience”

    Reviewed by Vednarayan – Mumbai, India on June 27, 2015 We had a great time on the tour. The glass making session on Murano was too good with detailed explanation of the process and intricacies required. Even better was Burano with its picturesque houses and lace making session. Our guide really knowledgeable about the city and its unique history. I recommend this for anyone visiting Venice.


  • Rating: 5 “Very nice day trip.”

    Reviewed by Susan – United States on June 26, 2015 Loved the size of the group. The guide was marvelous...I wish I remembered her name. The Murano part was ok. Wold have liked to spend more time with the demonstration. The best of the trip was Burano. We cheated and broke away from the group when before the Lace presentation so we could spend more time walking around. We even had time to stop for a drinks (limoncello and spritz). Perfect way to spend the afternoon.


  • Rating: 4 “Nice tour of Venetian Islands”

    Reviewed by Daura – Westlake Village, United States on June 14, 2015 I enjoyed this tour, particularly Burano.n I would recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen these two islands.


  • Rating: 4 “Informative and interesting.”

    Reviewed by Colin – Highton Geelong, Australia on June 9, 2015 While the Murano section of the tour was interesting it really was a sales pitch for the glass manufacturers however the more interesting section was Burano. The lace products were magnificent and the colourful houses in the Burano village were well worth seeing. It was a very hot day so the boat ride around the lagoon was most enjoyable.


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  • “A great trip!”

    “A lovely afternoon. The two islands were very pretty and our very knowledgable guide was delightful. Definitely worth the money!”

    JanecefromGold Coast, Australia

  • “Fantastic”

    “Fantastic your guide Ricardo, really enjoyed the whole afternoon. The boat was gorgeous! Well worth the money and really learned a lot from the trip :)”

    ClarefromBirmingham, United Kingdom

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