From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Boat Trip with Live Guide
- Duration options: 4 - 6 hours
A trip to the Venetian Lagoon is a popular excursion from Venice. Explore Murano, Burano, and Torcello and discover what each of these unique, arresting islands has to offer. Admire the views over St. Mark's Basin en route to Murano. Witness the town’s world-famous glassblowers in action and pick up a few pieces to bring home. Next, travel to see the unparalleled serenity of Burano. Wander among its iconic rainbow-colored houses and shop for fine lace and embroidery. Finally, immerse yourself in the mystical and mythical island of Torcello, dotted with the ruins of its glorious past. Torcello was the first island in the Venetian lagoon to be populated, and it’s also where the habitation of Venice and its legendary craftsmanship and entrepreneurialism began.
The islands of the Venetian Lagoon are about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Venice. Traveling by boat usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes.
Immortalized by Shakespeare, Verona is a popular day trip destination from Venice. Visitors can stand beneath the very balcony where Romeo once called up to his beloved Juliet. If you’re looking for more than a tragic love story, Verona has plenty of ancient Roman history to explore. Venture to the famous Roman amphitheater, today home to open-air operas each summer and people watch from the shade of a café on Piazza Mercato, Piazza dei Signori, or Piazza Erbe. Learn how the city has developed over the centuries, including the construction of the medieval Castelvecchio and the tombs of the Scaligeri family at the church of Santa Maria Antica. Before you leave, don’t forget to admire the Roman bridge over the Adige River.
Verona is about 115 kilometers miles (72 miles) inland from Venice. By car, the journey takes about an hour and 20 minutes. You can usually get there a couple of minutes faster if you travel by train.
As the largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda’s shores are lined with quaint resorts and historic villages. For fans of boating, fishing, swimming, and other popular watersports, it’s the ideal destination for a day trip. Make a pit stop in Sirmione, a small village at the end of a narrow peninsula extending into the lake, to soak in its dramatic vistas and thermal baths. See Roman-era villas, ancient pillars, and stone walls in Limone sul Garda. Afterward, take the ferry to Riva del Garda, for some window shopping and lunch at a pizzeria along the promenade.
Lake Garda is 200 kilometers (124 miles) east of Venice. A car or bus tour will get you there in about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Spend some time walking around the old town of < a href= "https://www.getyourguide.com/padua-l388/">Padua and experience one of Italy’s most fascinating cities. Don’t miss the stunning Basilica of Saint Anthony or the University of Padua, one of the world’s oldest institutions for higher learning. The Palazzo della Ragione, the ancient seat of the city courts, hosts a vegetable market by day and transforms into a local gathering place for coffee, desserts, and aperitifs in the evening. As a university city, Padua’s nightlife is vibrant, youthful, and ever-changing. In particular, be sure to check out the legendary Caffè Pedrocchi.
The trip by car or tour bus is about 41 kilometers (25 miles), and takes just 40 minutes. However, the high-speed rail line will get you there in under half an hour.
If mountain vistas and idyllic lakes get you excited, head to Cortina and the Dolomites. This welcome escape from the crowds of Venice makes for a picturesque day trip. En route, disappear into deep tunnels before emerging to discover photo-worthy views of canyons and valleys. Cortina, appropriately called the "Pearl of the Dolomites," is known for its crisp mountain air. Weather permitting, take the cable car up to Faloria, which overlooks the town from a lofty 7,000-foot high mountain perch. Trek onward and upward to Lake Misurina, to the dizzying peaks of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo for more unforgettable views of the Dolomites. For a relaxing last stop, make your way to the crystalline Lake Auronzo while heading back to Venice.
Cortina is 158 kilometers (98 miles) directly north of Venice. A car will be your fastest transport option, clocking in at about 2 hours. The train and bus both take closer to 3 hours.
For numerous day trips outside the city, traveling from Venice by train is an appealing and accessible option. Some of the biggest day trips that can be taken by train include Verona, Lake Garda, Padua, and Cortina.
Many companies offer service for day trips from Venice by bus. In fact, many guided tour tickets include bus transport, and some even offer hotel pickup to make your day trip to Verona or the Dolomites that much easier.
You might prefer taking the transportation for your day trip from Venice into your own hands. In that case, traveling by car will typically be the fastest option for getting around Italy.
With so many local customs to learn about around Venice, having an expert guide lead you through your day is an excellent option for making the most of your time. For some trips, like those out to the lake or mountains, you might want to venture off on your own and explore the natural beauty of Italy.
Adapting to the local climate around Venice means dressing in loose, breathable clothing and wearing comfortable and sturdy sneakers or sandals. Pack a towel and swim trunks for hitting the many beaches, lakes, and rivers that surround you.
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This is an excellent tour to have an overall introduction to Murano, Burano, and Torcello, without diving too deep into the details of each island. Perfect if you have never visited them and want to get an idea, less suitable if you want to gain in-depth knowledge about them. We were a small group, so the company booked a taxi, which was an absolute treat. Great first time to the Lagoon Islands, our favourite was Burano (we got covid masks with handmade lace! So stylish). Live demonstrations of glass blowing and lace making are included. The guide was approachable and knowledgeable, keeping us on time without making us feel rushed.
We were a family of 5 (kids were 16, 10, 4) and LOVED every minute of this tour. Antonella was AMAZING! Very informative and included the kids in conversation. It was a small private group which was nice with COVID restrictions. Masks on the whole tour. Just enough time on Murano to have a tour of the glass factory. Wish we had a little more time on Burano as there was more to see and do there. But we were able to meet with the lace lady in action, wander the streets to find cookies, quick lunch, gelato, and pics.
Best way to do the three islands in one go. Murano was really interesting, I would have liked to have more time to explore the island. Burano is beautiful with it's buildings and all the handicrafts - perfect amount of time there! Torcello is cute, very tiny. If I had to do it again though I'd probably go for more time on Murano and no Torcello. Anyway: This trip is definitely worth going!!!
Fantastic day. Lovely way to see the prosecco hills and learn about the area. Met lovely people. Highly recommend this day trip.
A nice addition to the main island. The glass blowing demonstration is very impressive and the islands are charming