Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Glass and Lace Tour
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What You'll Do
- 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
What to Expect
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.
- 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
Meet your guide at 14:15 by the statue of the man on a horse at the San Zaccaria vaporetto stop, in front of the lagoon. Tour departs at 14:30
What to Remember
Excellent tourOctober 6, 2015
Everything was wonderful and we all enjoyed the tour. There was not a lace making demo just some woman sewing. That was disappointing, but otherwise we loved the guides and the places we visited!
Great adventure and Francesca our guide was wonderful!!!October 5, 2015
Very good tourOctober 5, 2015
Murano and Burano are so beautiful
Great pic op in Burano beautiful art glass blowing & real lace making.September 27, 2015
Just loved everything about Venice. This tour was interesting with great photo opportunities especially in Burano. Bought a lovely hand embroided table cloth that will be admired for many years. Glassware very expensive but after you see the process in which it is made you can see why. Shame both of these wonderful skills will one day be gone, see it while you can. Really lovely guide, just wish I could remember her name :-(
Beautiful places, very different to Venice City.August 11, 2015
Glass blowing is the same where ever you go! The staff at the Murano Glass factory were very friendly and the glassware is intricate and impressive, however it is VERY expensive! We were told that you can't buy Murano Glass anywhere else, I purchased a Christmas decoration for 50 euro thinking I'd got a one of a kind, however found the exact same decoration in one of the gift shops in Venice for 10 euro! You don't spend very long in Murano so you can't really venture too far away, once we'd wondered around the glass factory we had 25 minutes to venture into Murano before we had to leave, so no time to go into any shops! Burano was beautiful. The colours of the houses were amazing and so different from Venice. I didn't care much for the lace making demonstration, which lasted less than 5 mins and was more of a quick show and tell. It felt more like the tour company had done a deal to bring tourists to the shop in the hope we'd spend money, however it is very expensive!
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