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

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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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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.


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 “a bit too long in glass factory would have liked to see more of murano”

    Reviewed by anthony – limerick, Ireland on April 29, 2015 a bit longer in mureno please

  • Rating: 5 “A great trip!”

    Reviewed by Janece – Gold Coast, Australia on September 26, 2014 A lovely afternoon. The two islands were very pretty and our very knowledgable guide was delightful. Definitely worth the money!

  • Rating: 5 “Well worth a visit”

    Reviewed by Rachel – Manchester, United Kingdom on August 6, 2014 Glass blowing is amazing, the lace making is fascinating. Great tour guide who shares really interesting information

  • Rating: 4 “Fantastic afternoon trip!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer – East Calais, United States on July 13, 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.

  • Rating: 5 “Enjoyable way to spend an afternoon in the Venice area”

    Reviewed by Vincent – Cary, United States on June 10, 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.

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  • “Good Guide”

    “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.”

    SarahfromSan Diego, United States

  • “Well worth a visit”

    “Glass blowing is amazing, the lace making is fascinating. Great tour guide who shares really interesting information”

    RachelfromManchester, United Kingdom

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