Piazzale Roma Cruises & boat tours

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Venice: Panoramic Boat Trip to Murano and Burano

1. Venice: Panoramic Boat Trip to Murano and Burano

Climb aboard for a half-day tour of Murano and Burano, and discover 2 of the more traditional islands of Venice. Enjoy the 30-minute panoramic boat ride, from which you can take marvelous pictures to Venice and the lagoon, as you journey towards Murano. Murano is world famous for its glassmaking art. Discover how these unique glass products are made in a furnace, and get the opportunity to buy a piece on site. Continue towards Burano, known for its lacemaking traditions and brightly colored fishermen's houses. Disembark the boat to take a short stroll to the main square and admire the Church of San Martino with its “Crucifixion” painting by Tiepolo. Get the chance to learn more about the history of lace at the Museo del Merletto. Alternatively, wander the tiny streets and picturesque canals to purchase lace products at your own pace. Arrive on Burano in time for lunch, eating at a picturesque location with a relaxing atmosphere. Opt to go into a pastry store to try some of the local sweets, such as the typical cookies of bussolà and essi, unique to the island.

Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Lagoon Trip

2. Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Lagoon Trip

Depart from the railway station on Piazzale Roma and journey to Murano, famous for its glass-blowing industry. Dating back to the Middle Ages, the still-thriving tradition has been passed down over generations and each glass blower has developed their own personal style. Watch a glass-blowing demonstration and learn to recognize the difference between the various artisans and brands during your stay on the island. Then, continue to the island of Burano, known for its crochet work and brightly colored houses. Get picture-perfect views of the landmarks of Burano, such as the leaning bell tower and the main square of Piazza Baldassarre Galuppi, named after a major 18th-century Venetian composer. Look in some of the lace shops during your visit to the island. Then, conclude your travels on Piazza San Marco and see sights such as the Doge's Palace and Campanile as you stroll around the famous colonnades.

Venice: Off the Beaten Path Private Gondola Ride

3. Venice: Off the Beaten Path Private Gondola Ride

Climb aboard a gondola to experience Venice from the water on a private ride down some of the city's hidden canals. Journey back in time as you explore Venice on its most traditional mode of transport. It's estimated that in the 17th and 18th centuries, there were as many as 8 to 10,000 of the unique boats plying the waterways of the lagoon. Today, there are just 400 still in active service (mainly for tourism), but they maintain a strong bond with the history of the city. Depart close to the train station, and then travel down some of the hidden canals. Marvel at beautiful buildings, such as the Palazzo Gaffaro, Palazzo Zenobio, church of Santa Maria dei Carmini and many more. Sit back and relax as your gondolier punts you gently back to Piazzale Roma (next to the train station) at the end of the ride.

Ravenna Port: Transfer to Venice with Tour and Gondola Ride

4. Ravenna Port: Transfer to Venice with Tour and Gondola Ride

Enjoy a stress-free transfer with your luggage from Ravenna port on a day trip to Venice. Store your luggage and go on a guided walking tour to admire sights like Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge, St Mark's Basilica, and Frari Chapel. Have the option to add a gondola ride to round off your experience. Be greeted by your host and hop aboard an air-conditioned bus with plenty of room for luggage storage. Sit back and relax as you take in views of the Italian countryside on the ride to Venice. Upon arrival, meet your guide and leave your luggage securely locked away on the bus. Transfer from the bus parking area to Piazzale Roma to begin your walking tour. Stroll across the first bridge and make your way to the San Rocco school and church. Go around the corner to see the Frari Chapel, a popular wedding location. Next, stop at Campo San Polo, where Venetians used to organize bullfights for carnival. Head to the lively Rialto market where locals go for fresh fish and produce. Have the opportunity to buy a snack or drink, browse the local delicacies, and go souvenir shopping (at your own expense). Cross the Rialto Bridge and soak in the views of the canal. Learn about the lives of traders and merchants. See the central square of Venice, St Marks Piazza. Watch as your guide points out the mosaics adorning the ancient Basilica and its clock tower along with the Campanile (belltower). Admire views of Doge’s Palace, which for over 1000 years, served as the government administrative center of the region. Afterward, transfer to the luggage storage, or if you select the optional gondola experience, begin your ride through the city's canals before collecting your luggage.

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What people are saying about Piazzale Roma

Overall rating

2.6 / 5

based on 128 reviews

Really enjoyable way to spend a half day. The glass factory tour was very interesting and we had enough time to browse in the shop and also to explore a little of both islands. Venice is amazing, but very crowded, so this tour gave us a chance to experience a more relaxed pace on two of the smaller islands. I was a bit worried about being on the open water as I don't usually do well in boats, but even though there was some chop on the water the tour boat seemed especially stable and I didn't have any issues with seasickness. Great way to spend the morning, very glad we decided to take this tour!

Very good value for money, but long walk from meeting point to boat. Rather have longer time in murano than bologna

We had an amazing day was easy to find meeting point and lovely friendly guide.

All good, nice experience. Time in glass factory could be reduced.

Great pacing. They just let you be to explore the city