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

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

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From US$ 40 per person

Key Details

Tour Duration
5 hours
Mobile Voucher Accepted
Live Guide
English
Starting Times
  • 2:30 PM

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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

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.

What to Expect

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.
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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

Meeting Point

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

• 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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Customer Reviews

  • Service Quality

    92%

    4.6 out of 5

  • Organization

    94%

    4.7 out of 5

  • Value for money

    88%

    4.4 out of 5

  • Safety

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30 reviews for this activity
3.0/5 stars
Beautiful places, very different to Venice City.

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!

5.0/5 stars
Very nice tour.

Our guide was very good and despite the heat, we had a fabulous time.

4.0/5 stars
Excellent introduction to Venice and her islands

Definitely a recommend, but be prepared for more "shopping" time than actual "touring". Lovely, friendly guide and for the price, it would be churlish to expect more, but if you want 5 stars then a bit more activity, and a bit less shopping would have made it perfect.

5.0/5 stars
great weather and great guide.

The guide was on time and at the meeting spot. The boat was clean and had air conditioning. The guide was friendly, informative and very knowledgable. We enjoyed our tour and Venice greatly.

1.0/5 stars
To big of a group to hear and see all of tour and extremely hot on boa

To big of a group and boat ride in front had "don't open window" and was extremely hot plus that many people. They should of opened window. Lace tour was such a small tour and again to big of a group and couldn't even hear or see what was being said.

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