Guided tour

Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
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From US$ 38.37 per person

Likely to sell out

Discover the lace-making and glassblowing traditions of Venice on a leisurely boat tour. Watch glass and lace-making demonstrations with options to buy items at a discount.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Private or small groups available

Experience

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
  • Enjoy a private boat trip to the 2 most colorful islands in the lagoon, Murano and Burano
Full description

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. Find out the facinating story of Murano glassblowers and how 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. Cruise to the tiny island of Burano to see the brightly-painted houses huddled tightly together along streets and canals. Uncover Burano’s centuries-old lacemaking tradition as you visit a building where women still partake in this tradition of stitching lace. 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.

Includes
  • Glassmaking demonstration at a Murano factory, with commentary in English
  • Lacemaking 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 boat transportation
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues (e.g. booster shot, negative COVID test, vaccine certificate with a QR code) may change at short notice
  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check the official travel advice on the government websites and comply with local requirements. The local partner will not be held responsible for refused access to museums and tourist attractions and no refund will be due
  • You can choose between a shared or private experience
  • 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 405 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Made getting to the islands so much easier. We were only in Venice for 2 days and figuring out the transportation was just not an option for us. Our guide was great. She told us about each of the 2 islands and we had a demonstration on both. Then about and hour to ourselves. Not really long enough in burano considering it was lunch time and we all had to eat. So no time to really see it. I would suggest the tour add another hour on just to allow for that. But over all it was great. A bit of a long ride back on the boat to Venice. Maybe an hour. Which was comfortable. Maybe 20 of us on a smaller boat but fully covered from the sun and good air flow. So that was great bec it was hot. Pay close attention to meeting point. She was right where she was supposed to be but if you don’t know the area it can be chaotic.

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September 12, 2022

Susana was great! Along with the rest of our group, we caught a private water taxi to the two islands.We had about 1.5hrs on Murano after a demonstration at a glass making factory. After that we were able to visit the gallery or a walk around the city center. We then caught the private water taxi to Burano, where we went to a lace making shop. The demo wasn’t as great here but it was still interesting to walk around the store. We then had two hours on Burano, which was beautiful. There were lots of little shops, bakeries, restaurants and it was fun to walk around town. I bought cookies and sat at the waterfront and watched all the taxis arrive. It was one of the highlights of my trip to Venice.

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August 27, 2022

Our tour guide, Emanuella, was friendly, fascinating and obviously loved the places she was taking us to which made the tour really special. We never got bored of hearing her talk, she had such wonderful and interesting stories and information to impart! The glass blowing demonstration was incredible and although the lace making demonstration was much more brief/less structured, I think the balance was correct because it meant we had time to wander around Burano which is beautiful - and I wouldn't have wanted to miss out on some time to wander! Everything very well timed and well worth the money you pay for your tour. Would definitely recommend.

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August 24, 2022

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