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Venice: Full-Day Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Tour

1. Venice: Full-Day Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Tour

Enjoy a boat tour to discover the 3 most famous islands of Venice Lagoon: Murano, famous for glass artworks; Burano, with its colorful houses and unique handmade laces; and finally Torcello, the island from which Venice was born. Start your tour just a few steps far away from the Venice Train Station. Hop on the boat and head to Murano. Visit one of the many glass factories located on the island and attend a glass-making demonstration. Walk to the lighthouse or visit the Basilica of Santi Maria and Donato, the Glass Museum, and Palazzo da Mula. Continue to Burano with its marvelous colored houses. Have some free time to stroll around the island, purchase fresh fish dishes, shop for local lace, or visit the Lace Museum. Finally, cruise to Torcello to uncover where Venetian civilization was born in the 7th century. Uncover the history of this small island with only 10 inhabitants. Get the chance to see the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, the ruins of the Baptistery of San Giovanni Evangelist, “Attila’s Throne,” and the Devil's Bridge.

Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

2. 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. 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.

Guided Tour of Burano Island

3. Guided Tour of Burano Island

The island of Burano is easily accessible by public or private transportation from Venice and is an ideal destination for spending a pleasant morning or afternoon. Join this 60-minute tour and discover the island’s colorful houses and hand-made laces, and many other surprises! Your guide Silvia, born and raised in Burano, will lead you on a walking tour of the island, intended not only as a simple sightseeing tour, but also a chance to learn about the history, customs, and traditions of the picturesque community. Visit many interesting monuments, including the Church of St. Martino and St. Barbara and its famous leaning bell tower. Attend a short demonstration on the making of world-famous Burano lace. You'll visit a typical lace museum of Burano island where you'll have the chance to admire precious laces from about the XVI and XVII centuries, and buy home made products for special rates. You’ll have time to explore Burano independently. You might enjoy browsing the typical shops or having lunch at one of the cozy restaurants. The guide will be happy to provide you with suggestions and tips to make the most of your time in Burano!

Venice: Glass Museum and Lace Museum Combo Entry Tickets

4. Venice: Glass Museum and Lace Museum Combo Entry Tickets

Get entry into 2 of Venice's iconic museums, the Glass Museum, and the Lace Museum, with this combo ticket. Enjoy a 1-day public transport ticket if you select this option. Admire the astonishing glass collection at the Murano Glass Museum and discover the art of lacemaking in the Lace Museum.  Explore 2 must-see museums at your own pace and choose the order you want to visit each. See lacemaking from the 16th to the 20th-century. You will love the Murano Glass Museum if you are obsessed with Murano Glass jewelry. Discover the history of glass blowing and see stunning glasswork. Immerse yourself in the art of lace and glass on a day out in Venice that you won't forget. Marvel at the most extensive Murano glass collection in history at the Glass Museum and see the world's most renowned lace in Burano at the Lace Museum. 

Venice: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket & Entry to Lace Museum

5. Venice: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket & Entry to Lace Museum

Discover the most famous places of the Venice Lagoon, aboard a panoramic eco boat with a single ticket valid for 24 hours to get on / off wherever you prefer. The main stops are the Santa Lucia Station, Punta Sabbioni, Piazza S. Marco and the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. In Murano, a visit to a glass factory is included with a demonstration of glass processing. On board you will be accompanied by the explanations of our author audio guides and you will also have different itineraries available for when you get off our eco-boats. In Murano, visit the Glass Museum, thanks to the ticket included in the price: you will enjoy a wonderful journey to discover this millenary art famous all over the world. In Burano, the tour includes entry to the Lace Museum: you will see unique pieces of this ancient artisan tradition

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What people are saying about The Lace Museum

One of the most beautiful places to visit! Burano is inspirational and our tour guide Silvia was too. As a local, she made every effort to pass on her knowledge, showing passion and enthusiasm for the way of life and immersing us into the community spirit of Burano. We can’t thank her enough for making our visit to the island something we will never forget and cherish for a long time to come.

Francesca our venetian tour guide was fantastic. A true venetian, she had very good information about Venice. Thank you Francesca. She was so good with our 5 year old daughter too

An absolute must do tour if you visit Venice! The islands were so beautiful!

I highly recommend!!!! A well-organized trip with a very nice guide!

The guide spoke German very well. Everything was well organized.