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Venice: Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lacemaking Tour by Boat

1. 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.

Venice Museum Pass & Doge's Palace Entrance Ticket

2. Venice Museum Pass & Doge's Palace Entrance Ticket

Admire the San Marco Civic Museums, such as the Doge’s Palace, Correr Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Biblioteca Marciana, and more with your Venice museum pass. Glimpse into the past as you explore the treasures and cultural traditions across various museums and historic churches. Museums of St. Mark's Square (available with the Venice Museum Pass and Venice Museum Pass Plus): • Doge's Palace • Correr Museum • National Archaeological Museum • Biblioteca Marciana If you select the Venice Museum Pass Plus option you will also enjoy entry to the following civic museums: • Ca' Rezzonico • Carlo Goldoni's House • Mocenigo Palace • Ca' Pesaro (Modern Art Gallery and Oriental Art Gallery) • Glass Museum (Murano) • Lace Museum (Burano) • Natural History Museum Both options include the following historic churches in the Chorus Pass: • Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio • Chiesa di Santo Stefano • Chiesa Santa Maria Formosa • Santa Maria dei Miracoli • San Giovanni Elemosinario • Ca’ San Polo • San Giacomo dell'Orio • San Stae • Sant'Alvise • San Pietro di Castello • San Redentore • Santa Maria di Rosario • San Sebastiano • San Giobbe • Santa Maria Del Carmelo - I Carmini • San Giovanni Battista in Bragora

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

3. 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: Boat Tour of Murano, Burano, & Torcello Islands

4. Venice: Boat Tour of Murano, Burano, & Torcello Islands

Sail to Murano, visit one of the island’s glassworks, and attend a demonstration of a master glassmaker. Alternatively (or additionally), you can walk to the lighthouse or opt for a visit to the iconic sights of Murano, such as the Basilica of Santi Maria and Donato, the Glass Museum, and Palazzo da Mula. Next, visit Burano, highlighted by its colorful houses. Enjoy some free time to visit the leaning bell tower, the house of Bepi Suà, or the Lace Museum.  Your last stop will be Torcello, where Venetian civilization was born. The first settlements date back to the 7th century when local folks sought refuge on the island to escape the Barbarian invasions. Today Torcello has just over 10 inhabitants, but its historical and artistic testimonies make it a very popular destination for visitors from all over the world. Enjoy a splendid panoramic view of a Venetian lagoon before returning.

Guided Tour of Burano Island

5. 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!

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What people are saying about The Lace Museum

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We had a great time watching the glassmaker create a horse before our eyes in Murano. And then we enjoyed watching the lacemaker lady do her part for a tablecloth, I believe. We learned it takes 7 different lacemakers to make the design for the cloth. It was fascinating! Burano is such a quaint beautiful town with lots of nice shops and restaurants. Our tour guide was very informative, too! The boat ride was in a covered boat and our tour guide shared more information about the smaller islands we passed.

Wonderful half- day excursion to Murano and Burano. Our guide Allesia and our driver Stefano were the best!! we had enough time to enjoy both islands, with demonstrations on glass and lace making. I highly recommend this tour to anyone!

Frankie (Chesca) was an amazing guide! I enjoyed the program and hearing/getting to know interesting stories of Venice and other islands. This was worth it!

Great trip, and worth the money. Chiara was an awesome guide and knew all the answers to my questions on Venice. Thank you so much Chiara!

Excellent trip, Serena was patient, friendly and knowledgeable. Recommended.