Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Glass and Lace Tour
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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Discover the lace-making and glass blowing traditions of Murano and Burano on a leisurely 4.5-hour tour of Venice. Head into the Venetian lagoon to watch glass and lace-making demonstrations, with options to buy items at a discount.
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
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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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed by Rachel from Manchester, United Kingdom on August 6th, 2014 Glass blowing is amazing, the lace making is fascinating. Great tour guide who shares really interesting information
“Fantastic afternoon trip!”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from East Calais, United States on July 13th, 2014 My family of 6 had a fantastic afternoon on this trip. We enjoyed the glass blowing and lace making demonstrations and loved the free time in Burano. I booked this trip because I wanted to go to Murano, but I think Burano was really my favorite part. The trip around the lagoon was also beautiful. Our guide -- Francesca -- was really knowledgable, personable, and her stories were quite funny.
“Enjoyable way to spend an afternoon in the Venice area”
Reviewed by Vincent from Cary, United States on June 10th, 2014 My wife and I really enjoyed the Murano/Burano half day tour. The focus of the Murano portion of the tour was primarily based on the glass making and browsing through their factory filled with exquisite, but expensive wares, to be sold. The glass blowing demonstration was certainly interesting and informative, but that's pretty much all there was to it. The Burano tour was exceptional. We got a good feel for this pretty town with the pastel houses and enjoyed experiencing something of the lifestyle there. The second half of the tour was well worth the price of admission.
“Very nice tour!”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Wolfern, Austria on October 26th, 2013 The guide was very nice and gave a lot of information about Venice and its lagoon islands. Murano glass making demonstration was interesting. Burano was really great to visit - I wish there would have been more time to spend at Burano because it is a really lovely place!!!
Reviewed by Sarah from San Diego, United States on October 3rd, 2012 Enjoyable day with stops in both Murano and Burano. You learn a lot with no pressure to buy at the locations they stop at. Our favorite activity in Venice.
“war ein schöner Ausflug”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Muenster, Germany on July 13th, 2014 war eine interessante Erfahrung
“Murano war lediglich eine Verkaufs-Tour”
Reviewed by Prof.Dr.Jürgen H. from Berlin, Germany on June 2nd, 2014 Von Murano eigentlich nichts gesehen
Burano dagegen war sehr schön!
Die Tour insgesamt ist in dieser Form nicht empfehlenswert!
“hat uns gut gefallen, sehr netter guide, viele infos”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Bad Tölz, Germany on May 7th, 2014 Jederzeit wieder
“Diese Inseln sind sehr sehenswert und eine tolle Ergänzung zu Venedig”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Wismar, Germany on September 9th, 2013 An dieser Tour ist toll - die Landschaft, die Architektur, die Glasbläserkunst und vor allem die beste Touren-Führerin. Sie war absolut die Beste der Guides, die wir auf insgesamt 5 Touren durch Venedig hatten.
“Sehr schöne und interessante Tour”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Bad Soden, Germany on July 25th, 2013 Super orgnisiert, sehr informativ, die Reiseleiterin war sehr engagiert und ihre Erklärungen - auch während der Fahrt zu den Inseln - einfach klasse. Ich kann diese Tour nur empfehlen.
“Hat sich voll gelohnt etwas längerer Aufenthalt wäre wünschenswert.”
Reviewed by Peter from Hannover, Germany on June 23rd, 2013 War ein toller Ausflug mit einer sehr kompetenten Reiseführerin. Kann ich nur empfehlen.
“Tour war ein Highlight”
Reviewed by Michael from Küsnacht, Switzerland on May 13th, 2013 Die Tour war ein Highlight unserer Venedigreise. Die Führerin, Emmanuela, war sehr sachkundig und hat uns mit viel Engagement auf dieser Tour begleitet. Die Inseln, Burano als unser Favorit, haben uns sehr gut gefallen und sind sehenswert. Auf dem Rückweg fährt das boot einen anderen Weg als auf der Hinfahrt, was ein zusätzlicher Pluspunkt ist.
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“Well worth a visit”