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Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Trip

1. Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Trip

Discover the most charming and famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon on this full-day excursion. Marvel at the beautiful surroundings of Venice and learn more about Venetian life and traditions. Start your journey in a comfortable motorboat leaving from the St. Mark's area, and move toward your first stop, the island of Murano. Stay for approximately 1.5 hours on the island and take your time to explore it on your own. Visit a glass factory and learn how glass masters create their masterpieces with a glass-blowing demonstration. Don't miss the massive Basilica of Santi Maria e Donato, one of the oldest Churches in the Venetian lagoon originally built in the 7th Century. Return to the motorboat and head to Burano Island. Immerse yourself in its quaint and colorful houses for around 2 hours. According to a local legend, Burano gets its rainbow appearance from the fishermen who painted their houses in bright colors to find their way home when returning from sea. The island is also known internationally for its rare artisan lace. Hop back on the motorboat, and ride to the last stop, Torcello, the first settlement in the Venetian Lagoon. During your 1-hour unguided stop, be sure to visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in 639. Take a selfie with Attila's Throne in the background, an ancient stone chair where chief magistrates were inaugurated, or go up the Bell Tower and take a beautiful picture of the surrounding area. At the end of the tour, ride back to the point of departure.

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Venice: Half-Day Trip to Murano and Burano

2. Venice: Half-Day Trip to Murano and Burano

Climb aboard a comfortable motorboat for a half-day trip around the Venetian islands of Murano and Burano, and discover a more local and authentic side to Venice. Depart from a pier close to St. Mark’s Square for a convenient crossing to Murano. Cross the lagoon to the “Island of Glass” as you hear fascinating stories about the city. On landing, go to one of the famous glass factories to see how the colorful glass ware is blown. Alternatively, stroll the quiet streets of the island at leisure. Continue to Burano to discover one of Venice Lagoon’s most picturesque islands. See the major sights, learn about the history of the island, before spending some free time wandering around the chocolate box houses. Admire the bright colors of the fishermen’s island and visit a typical lace museum.

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Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop

3. Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop

Create your own unique keepsake of Venice at a Carinval mask-making workshop. Choose from 2 different options on the day of the workshop and learn about the ancient techniques of creating masks from papier-mâché. Get interesting information about the use of masks in Venice during previous centuries. Then, return to the laboratory after a few hours to collect your unadorned mask once it has had time to dry off. Alternatively, discover how to paint and decorate your own mask with an experienced instructor. Choose a mask to decorate and to keep as a very special souvenir.

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Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

4. Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

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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Venice: Murano Island Glass Blowing Demo and Workshop

5. Venice: Murano Island Glass Blowing Demo and Workshop

Escape the hustle and bustle of Venice city center on a 2-hour tour of Murano. You're your guide in the Campo San Bartolomeo for a 15-minute walk through hidden squares and picturesque corners. Reach the boat station facing the lagoon, and jump aboard a public boat bound for Murano Island. Upon arrival, take a short walk to a glass factory, where a glass master will demonstrate the art of glass blowing to create a unique piece. Watch as he makes a 2nd piece using sculpture techniques. Then go to a mosaic or glass beads jewelry workshop to create your own piece from scratch. Work with glass elements of different shapes and colors to make a unique ornament or pendant. Create your own bracelet, key holder, or earrings. Enjoy some free time to explore the quiet streets of Murano on your own. Your guide with take you back to the boat station and advise you how to get back to your accommodation from there.

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Venice: Rialto Market Tour, Hands-On Cooking Class & Lunch

6. Venice: Rialto Market Tour, Hands-On Cooking Class & Lunch

Experience one of the most vibrant sites in Venice on a tour of Rialto Market with a friendly chef. Select seasonal ingredients to prepare and cook an authentic Italian meal. Learn the history of the market and the story of the food produce before going to a typical Venetian home for a hands-on cooking class. Prepare a starter, main dish (with homemade pasta) and a dessert to enjoy at the end of your class. Enjoy a glass of wine while you prepare your delicious recipes. Then end your class with a lovely lunch and enjoy the fruits of your hard work, served with plenty of wine of course.

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Venice: Paint your own Venetian Mask Workshop

7. Venice: Paint your own Venetian Mask Workshop

Under the guidance of an artist, you’ll choose a mask from more than 50 different models, all handmade in paper maché, and decorate it according to different techniques. You will be guided through each of the steps of decorating your mask, including the final touch where you can add gold and silver metallic paints. At the end, you can take home your decorated mask together with the memories of this wonderful experience.

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Create Your Glass Artwork: Private Lesson With Local Artisan

8. Create Your Glass Artwork: Private Lesson With Local Artisan

A private class with a famous Venetian craftsman who will help you to create your personal piece of glass using the old Murano techniques. The master artisan will follow you, step by step, during the entire activity allowing you to realize personally a unique and inimitable glass object, and, at the same time, you will listen to the history and secrets of the Venetian art, superbly told by the artist. An amazing experience where you will discover the ancient processing methods of the glass making. The most famos art of Venice, worldwide known as a synonym of beauty. At the end of the demonstration you can bring home your creation as a special souvenir. Get a 10% discount on the glass artworks in the shop.

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Venice: Doge's Palace Self-Guided Tour & Gondola Ride

9. Venice: Doge's Palace Self-Guided Tour & Gondola Ride

Skip the long lines to the Doge's Palace to marvel at the magnificent halls of the former seat of power of the Venice Empire at your own pace. Get a handy guide book to explore the palace and associated museums, with 8 suggested itineraries. Learn about life in the city in centuries past through the sculptures and paintings of the Museo Correr. Explore the city's naval power at the crossroads of the East and West. Then, climb aboard the most iconic mode of transportation in Venice and cruise down the Grand Canal and smaller waterways by gondola. See sights such as La Fenice Theatre and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection from the water. Admire the noble Ca’ Dario Palace and Punta della Dogana, with its breathtaking view of St. Mark’s Basin.

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Venice: Discover the Art of Glass Blowing

10. Venice: Discover the Art of Glass Blowing

The tour takes place at a Murano glass factory on St. Mark's Square in central Venice, where you will be told about the origins of glass blowing, and learn how Murano became the center of glass-making when the Venetian Republic ordered all the foundries relocate to protect the wooden buildings of the main city from catching fire. Murano glassmakers became the most important citizens of Venice, and throughout the ages they refined their techniques thanks to trading between the Venetian Republic and the countries of the Middle and Far East. You will admire a master glass blower at work while using traditional techniques to create marvelous glass items. At the end of the tour, receive a small glass gift as a souvenir of an unforgettable visit.

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What people are saying about Venice

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 60 reviews

everything was easy and amazing- on time- the tour guides perfect generally an easy going experience and in full harmony with the whole environment. loved it and will do it again next time I visit Venice. thank u!

A must! André gave explanations in all languages and guided us very well! The islands are beautiful and the boat ride is quick, it was perfect!

Worthwhile to make a day trip if you have the time. Or else can skip during winter season as many shops are closed

Well organized and efficient to visit the beautiful islands. Can't beat the price-quality ratio! Recommended!

Lots of fun with the children - well worth taking a break from walking the streets to create your masterpiece