Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

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.
Mini group
Duration: 5 hours
Meeting point: Riva degli Schiavoni, 4182, 30122 Venezia VE
Children allowed
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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.

Important to know

• 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

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There will be a maximum of 10 members in the group with you
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It will cost less than an individual one, but will pass in the same comfort
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In a small group, you will get more attention from the guide
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What is included in activity

• 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

What is not included

• Hotel pick-up and drop off
• Gratuities

What places you will see

• Murano and Burano in the Venice lagoon
• Murano glass factory

Activity book period
You can book tour up to 1 hour in advance.
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Directions to meet your guide

Riva degli Schiavoni, 4182, 30122 Venezia VE

How long your tour will be
5 hrs
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Reviews by travellers
5.0 out of 5
980 reviews
Giandomenico L.
Fabulous tour!! Such a lovely tour guide! Very friendly and welcoming! Great history given about the place! Would highly recommend! So glad we booked!! Thank you!!
17 days ago
Guelfo B.
Manor (the guide) really knew her stuff & it was informative. Beautiful islands
18 days ago
Maurilio B.
Brilliant tour from Mano. Broadened our horizons and showed us Venice is more than Piazza San Marco
19 days ago
The Murano and Burano boat tour was great. Our tour leader Silvia was very kind, informative and positive. She was clear with directions and patient with our group. Our family really enjoyed the craft of glass blowing and seeing different display pieces in person. We even bought two glass items at the end. We had a fun time!
22 days ago
Our guide, Serena, was an awesome storyteller! All the facts she presented to us about Venice were extremely interesting, and I'm pretty sure I will remember many details thanks to her narrative devices ;) The trip itself was amazing as well. Murano was impressive (as the island of magical craftsmanship) and Burano was simply beautiful and breathtaking.
about 1 month ago
Franscheska was the best
10 months ago
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
10 months ago
A super trip. Lots of time to shop. A great gyde. The trip is really recommended.
11 months ago
Was amazing experience!!!Cristina is excellent guide, knowledgeable, attentive and charming. Thank you very much!!!
11 months ago
Great tour with a very informative guide. Watching the skillful glassblower and lacemaker was fascinating. Perhaps a little longer to look at the islands would be good.
11 months ago
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