Half Day Venetian Islands: Murano Glassblowing and Burano Lacemaking

Half Day Venetian Islands: Murano Glassblowing and Burano Lacemaking

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Tour Highlights

  • Round-trip transport by water taxi for City Wonders groups
  • Demonstration at Murano glass workshop and gallery
  • Lacemaking demonstration at Burano lace shop
  • Extra time to explore Murano and Burano on your own
  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Chance to shop with discounts for your group

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Set off in a water taxi with your group to discover Venice's two precious island jewels with an expert local guide. You will see live demonstrations of the arts of glassblowing on Murano and lacemaking on Burano with ample time for exploring their hidden treasures and colorful canals.

Tour Description

No trip to Venice can be complete without an escape to the Venetian Lagoon's two most prized islands. This Murano and Burano tour combines advantages usually reserved for private tours, like transport by water taxi and a dedicated guide throughout the tour, to offer an unforgettable experience of another side of Venice, far from the crowds in St. Mark's Square. See the ancient arts of glassblowing and lacemaking by master artisans, as well as be enchanted by the charm of the quiet canals and piazzas of these culturally vibrant locales.

After meeting your guide, you will set sail for Murano and its world-famous glass. Along the way, admire the City of Bridges from the water with captivating commentary from your guide as you prepare to witness this remarkable craft firsthand. All glassmaking was moved to Murano in 1291 to avoid the risk of fire, and it was the only place where mirrors were made for centuries, with a death sentence for anyone who leaked its secrets. Though times have changed, time will seem to stand still as you watch the same movements that have characterized this art for over 700 years.

Once arrived, you will dock at a premier Murano glassblowing workshop where you will stand in awe as skilled craftsmen shape molten glass into stunning masterpieces. See these rare treasures come to life as you learn how colors and the most unlikely shapes are achieved. Browse the extensive gallery afterwards and even shop with a discount especially for your group. Then venture out into Murano to enjoy its characteristic canals and fantastic San Donato church without feeling rushed.

Topping the most colorful places in the world for the bright pastel houses along its canals, this small fishing community also has some of the most sought after handmade lace anywhere. In Burano, you will be able to see this beautiful tradition in action as women stitch by hand, like their mothers and grandmothers before them. After the demonstration, you will have ample free time to shop, visit the lace museum or stroll the vibrant waterways on the hunt for that perfect keepsake or a piece of that authentic Venice, all with helpful insight from your guide.

See our Venice tours page for a complete list, or check out the Venice and small islands tour to take in the best on a full day combo.

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What's included

  • Glassmaking demonstration in Murano
  • Lacemaking demonstration in Burano
  • Expert, English-speaking guide for the duration of the tour
  • Discount at the glass gallery and lacemaking shop where the demonstrations are given
  • Round-trip transportation by water taxi

Sites Visited

  • Island of Murano
  • Island of Burano
  • Murano glassblowing workshop
  • Burano lacemaking shop

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