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$ 39.69 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.

About this activity

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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 381 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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We went this week and I highly recommend this tour! Our guide was phenomenal and really put her heart in to making it a meaningful day for all of us. The amount of time for both Murano and Burano was perfect! Truly a private boating experience just for us on the tour. This was the BEST tour that we did!! Great value for the money and perfect experience that we truly enjoyed!

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July 20, 2022

Visiting Murano is of no great interest. After visiting a glass factory and a glassblower demonstration, visit the shop. Very nice things but you better have a full wallet. On the other hand, you absolutely must not miss Burano. A colorful island with its narrow streets and multi-coloured houses. You will find lace shops there. Our guide was very friendly and very nice. She provided us with a lot of information about the lagoon and its islands. Unfortunately the visit was in English but we were able to exchange a few words with our guide who spoke French very well.

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June 6, 2022

This was quite a good tour and I thought it was reasonably priced, however Burano is really just a pretty island to look at and nothing else. Whereas on Murano we had a very good show of how the glass is made and it's history. The boat ride was a great experience.

June 4, 2022

Product ID: 21293