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Our most recommended Venice Day Trips

  • From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Trip

    1. From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Trip

    Embark on a half-day boat trip around the famous islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Discover a more local and authentic side to Venice and explore the scenic islands renowned for their glass blowing, lace-making traditions, and rich history. Climb aboard your boat and sail towards Murano, known as the “Island of Glass". Walk by glass factories where local artists create works of art in glass. Take a short stroll through the quiet streets of Murano and marvel at the beautiful 16th-century buildings that still stand tall to this day. Next, travel to Burano to see one of Venice’s most picturesque islands. Walk by the charming fishermen's houses painted with bright colors whose water reflection gives them a unique, dream-like shimmer. Browse through Burano’s rich collection of lace garments, which are still handmade by local women. Continue towards the tiny island of Torcello where...

  • Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

    2. Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

    Spend some time on the most famous Venetian islands, known throughout the world for their picturesque scenery, craft traditions, and unique history. Departing from near Saint Mark’s Square or Santa Lucia Train Station, take an enjoyable trip across Saint Mark’s Basin, towards the Lido, and then back along the north coastline of the city. On the boat, a live guide will illustrate the history of the lagoon and the three islands you will visit. Your first stop will be the island of Murano. Sometimes referred to as the “Island of the Glass,” you will visit one of its famous glass factories and see the glass being manufactured and blown. Afterward head to Torcello, the most ancient of the inhabited islands. Continue to Burano, admiring the natural environment and the minor islands spread all around you. Enjoy some free time in Burano, a typical fishing island with colorful contrasts and cho...

    This was a really good and inexpensive way of getting a glimpse of other Venetian islands. Transport was comfortable and the host was very informative. Very enjoyable and relaxing excursion. Burano island was my favourite island. I would have preferred a few minutes more there and a few minutes less in Torcello but overall is was an excellent trip and well worth taking. Highly recommended

  • Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Tour

    3. Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Tour

    Discover the most charming and famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon on this full-day excursion. Marvel at the beautiful surroundings of Venice and learn more about Venetian life and traditions.

    Start your journey in a comfortable motorboat leaving from the St. Mark's area, and move toward your first stop, the island of Murano. Stay for approximately 1.5 hours on the island and take your time to explore it on your own.

    Visit a glass factory and learn how glass masters create their masterpieces with a glass-blowing demonstration. Don't miss the massive Basilica of Santi Maria e Donato, one of the oldest Churches in the Venetian lagoon originally built in the 7th Century.

    Return to the motorboat and head to Burano Island. Immerse yourself in its quaint and colorful houses for around 2 hours. According...

    I think it's a good option if you want to take on the three islands in one day. There is not much information given by the tour guide so you're basically just paying to get transported between the islands. You do get to see a blown glass demonstration in Murano.

  • Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

    4. Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

    Visit the most beautiful islands in the Venetian Lagoon on this 4 or 6-hour afternoon tour. Stop at the island of Murano, home to world-renowned glassblowers, Burano, known for its lace production and the ancient settlement of Torcello. Spend around 45 minutes on Murano and see a demonstration by a glass-blowing master. The tradition of glassblowing has been passed down generations of Murano residents. Continue to Torcello, where you will spend around 45 minutes. See the central square, the Church of Santa Fosca, Ponte del Diavolo and other interesting sites. The last visit will be to Burano. The island is world-known for its hand-made lace but also for its small, brightly painted houses that are popular with artists. You will have 45 minutes here before returning to the mainland.  Your tour ends back in Saint Mark’s Square. If you want, you can stay on board and be taken directly to...

    Only few minutes to Murano island, which is a beautiful place. Most of thr time for demonstration of Murano glass and the shop for buying Murano products. Murano stop is a trap for making money the shop owner and the boat company... Secondly, Burano is absolutely magnificent! Has to be more time to explore and rest (time for coffee for example).

  • Venice: Murano, Torcello & Burano Boat Trip with Guide

    5. Venice: Murano, Torcello & Burano Boat Trip with Guide

    Visit 3 of Venice’s islands — Murano, Torcello, and Burano — by boat with a maximum group size of 40. Enjoy guided walking tours on each island with extra free time to explore each one.  Choose either St. Mark’s Basilica or Santa Lucia Train Station as your starting point. Then, hop onboard and enjoy your cruise to your first stop, Murano.  Exploring the Venetian Lagoon by boat will for sure provide you with some unforgettable views. Relax with some commentary as you cruise.  See up-close how Murano’s famous glassware is crafted with a glassblowing demonstration at an artisanal workshop. Then, enjoy a 20-minute guided tour of Murano, before spending some free time at the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Donato.  Cruise to the island of Torcello next, a shorter stop on your trip. Choose from either free time or a guided tour here.  If you're hungry, grab a bite at the "best spot in to...

    This was exactly as advertised. An inexpensive tour of the four islands with a well-informed tour guide. The glass demonstration was amazing. The food on Burano was delicious, the little hike on Torcello was great. It was well worth the money and the time.

  • Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

    6. Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

    In ancient times, Padua and Venice were connected by typical river boats called Burchiello®. The wooden boats featured elegant cabins and 3 or 4 balconies, and were driven by the wind or oars, before being drawn by horses from Fusina to Padua. Recreate this journey on a full-day mini cruise from the heart of Padua to Venice San Marco. Departing from the historical Burchiello® Stairway at Portello, you will cruise along the original course of the 18th-century Venetian Burchielli, passing the gorgeous Villa Giovanelli at Noventa Padovana. Relax on board the luxury boat, with open-air deck to soak up the views. Disembark at Stra for a guided tour of Villa Pisani, the grandest villa of the Brenta Riviera. Continue towards Dolo, looking at historic illustrations of the different villas seen from the river. Pass through Dolo Lock and on towards Mira. Just past Mira Lock you will stop at Vill...

    The guide was lovely and delivered a lot of very interesting information throughout the trip in several languages. The three villa’s we visited were all worth seeing and with something unique to each so they were not all the same. There are some scarily low bridges on the river that meant it was not safe the be on the upper deck for some parts of the trip but there were no bridges on the last stretch so we sat on the upper deck then and it was a really lovely way to arrive in Venice.

  • Venice: Half-Day Trip to Murano and Burano

    7. Venice: Half-Day Trip to Murano and Burano

    Climb aboard a comfortable motorboat for a half-day trip around the Venetian islands of Murano and Burano, and discover a more local and authentic side to Venice. Depart from a pier close to St. Mark’s Square for a convenient crossing to Murano. Cross the lagoon to the “Island of Glass” as you hear fascinating stories about the city. On landing, go to one of the famous glass factories to see how the colorful glass ware is blown. Alternatively, stroll the quiet streets of the island at leisure. Continue to Burano to discover one of Venice Lagoon’s most picturesque islands. See the major sights, learn about the history of the island, before spending some free time wandering around the chocolate box houses. Marvel at the bright colors of the fishermen’s island and visit a typical lace museum.

    The city is very beautiful but the only problem is everything looks the same at one point and i got lost I couldn’t find the ship. Because they have so many in different parts of the city. But despite that was very nice.

  • From Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Trip

    8. From Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Trip

    Embark on a half-day boat trip around the famous islands of Murano and Burano and discover a more local and authentic side to Venice. Enjoy free time to explore the scenic islands renowned for their glass blowing and lace-making traditions. Climb aboard your boat and sail towards Murano, known as the “Island of Glass". Get the chance to visit a glass factory and observe a local artist giving shape to a work of art in glass. Stroll the quiet streets of Murano at your own leisure and marvel at the beautiful 16th-century buildings that still stand tall to this day. Next, travel to Burano to see one of Venice’s most picturesque islands. Walk by the charming fishermen's houses painted with bright colors whose water reflection gives them a unique, dream-like shimmer. Browse through Burano’s rich collection of lace garments, which are still handmade by local women. After visiting both islan...

  • Venice: Guided Evening Walking Tour with Motorboat Ride

    9. Venice: Guided Evening Walking Tour with Motorboat Ride

    Meet your guide at 5:15 PM at the convenient meeting point to begin your 1.5-hour walking and boat tour of Venice's iconic cityscape. Stroll through the Jewish Ghetto and continue on to the Strada Nova. See the historic Santa Sofia church before crossing the Grand Canal by gondola to get to the lively Rialto Market.   Go over the beautiful Rialto Bridge and through the luxury Le Mercerie to arrive to St. Mark's Square, the world-renowned heart of Venice. From there, you can choose to stay and explore the surrounding area, or get back to the train station on a free motorboat transfer from Riva degli Schiavoni via the breathtaking Giudecca Canal.

    This was an excellent excursion. My guide Giorgia was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and showed us many areas I may not have found by myself and gave great information about the areas and the history of them. Giorgia made the experience better than I had expected. I travel a lot and Giorgia was one of the most friendly, happy, and informative guides I’ve met. She had an excellent local knowledge of Venice and gave great recommendations of things to see and do and places to dine and shop and how to get around thr city using local transport. She made the experience a lot of fun. She had excellent language and communication skills. It was a great way to get to know Venice and best ways of getting around the beautiful city. I would highly recommend this activity. It’s a great way of finding your way around the famous sites and the off the beaten track areas that you may not know about. It was also excellent value for money. A very relaxing and enjoyable experience.

  • Venice, Murano, and Burano Excursion from Jesolo

    10. Venice, Murano, and Burano Excursion from Jesolo

    Thanks to this guided excursion to Venice, Murano and Burano from Punta Sabbioni, you can discover the wonders of the Venetian lagoon by travelling on board a comfortable motorboat. Starting from Punta Sabbioni, the first stop of the tour is Murano, an island renowned worldwide for its centuries-old tradition of blown glass. Accompanied by your expert guide, you will visit one of the still active kilns where you can attend a demonstration on glass working and where there will be the opportunity to buy handmade products. Afterward, you will have about an hour of free time during which you could taste some 'cicheto' or stroll through the craft shops and bridges on the canals. Next, you will be heading to Burano, the island of lace and colored houses. Here you could visit the Lace Museum, have lunch in a classic buranella trattoria and sample some typical dishes like 'risotto di gò', or g...

    I didn't like just the loud comment of the guide. Through the hoarse speakers. very annoying. it would be better through the headphones. otherwise the journey was very pleasant.

5 best day trips from Venice

Day trip to Venetian Lagoon Islands

1. Day trip to Venetian Lagoon Islands

A trip to the Venetian Lagoon is a popular excursion from Venice. Explore Murano, Burano, and Torcello and discover what each of these unique, arresting islands has to offer. Admire the views over St. Mark's Basin en route to Murano. Witness the town’s world-famous glassblowers in action and pick up a few pieces to bring home. Next, travel to see the unparalleled serenity of Burano. Wander among its iconic rainbow-colored houses and shop for fine lace and embroidery. Finally, immerse yourself in the mystical and mythical island of Torcello, dotted with the ruins of its glorious past. Torcello was the first island in the Venetian lagoon to be populated, and it’s also where the habitation of Venice and its legendary craftsmanship and entrepreneurialism began.

How far are the Venetian Lagoon Islands from Venice?

The islands of the Venetian Lagoon are about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Venice. Traveling by boat usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

Day trip to Verona

2. Day trip to Verona

Immortalized by Shakespeare, Verona is a popular day trip destination from Venice. Visitors can stand beneath the very balcony where Romeo once called up to his beloved Juliet. If you’re looking for more than a tragic love story, Verona has plenty of ancient Roman history to explore. Venture to the famous Roman amphitheater, today home to open-air operas each summer and people watch from the shade of a café on Piazza Mercato, Piazza dei Signori, or Piazza Erbe. Learn how the city has developed over the centuries, including the construction of the medieval Castelvecchio and the tombs of the Scaligeri family at the church of Santa Maria Antica. Before you leave, don’t forget to admire the Roman bridge over the Adige River.

How far is Verona from Venice?

Verona is about 115 kilometers miles (72 miles) inland from Venice. By car, the journey takes about an hour and 20 minutes. You can usually get there a couple of minutes faster if you travel by train.

Day trip to  Lake Garda

3. Day trip to  Lake Garda

As the largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda’s shores are lined with quaint resorts and historic villages. For fans of boating, fishing, swimming, and other popular watersports, it’s the ideal destination for a day trip. Make a pit stop in Sirmione, a small village at the end of a narrow peninsula extending into the lake, to soak in its dramatic vistas and thermal baths. See Roman-era villas, ancient pillars, and stone walls in Limone sul Garda. Afterward, take the ferry to Riva del Garda, for some window shopping and lunch at a pizzeria along the promenade.

How far is Lake Garda from Venice?

Lake Garda is 200 kilometers (124 miles) east of Venice. A car or bus tour will get you there in about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Day trip to Padua and Riviera del Brenta

4. Day trip to Padua and Riviera del Brenta

Spend some time walking around the old town of < a href= "https://www.getyourguide.com/padua-l388/">Padua and experience one of Italy’s most fascinating cities. Don’t miss the stunning Basilica of Saint Anthony or  the University of Padua, one of the world’s oldest institutions for higher learning. The Palazzo della Ragione, the ancient seat of the city courts, hosts a vegetable market by day and transforms into a local gathering place for coffee, desserts, and aperitifs in the evening. As a university city, Padua’s nightlife is vibrant, youthful, and ever-changing. In particular, be sure to check out the legendary Caffè Pedrocchi.

How far are Padua and Brenta Riviera from Venice?

The trip by car or tour bus is about 41 kilometers (25 miles), and takes just 40 minutes. However, the high-speed rail line will get you there in under half an hour.

Day trip to the Dolomites and Cortina d’Ampezzo

5. Day trip to the Dolomites and Cortina d’Ampezzo

If mountain vistas and idyllic lakes get you excited, head to Cortina and the Dolomites. This welcome escape from the crowds of Venice makes for a picturesque day trip. En route, disappear into deep tunnels before emerging to discover photo-worthy views of canyons and valleys. Cortina, appropriately called the "Pearl of the Dolomites," is known for its crisp mountain air. Weather permitting, take the cable car up to Faloria, which overlooks the town from a lofty 7,000-foot high mountain perch. Trek onward and upward to Lake Misurina, to the dizzying peaks of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo for more unforgettable views of the Dolomites. For a relaxing last stop, make your way to the crystalline Lake Auronzo while heading back to Venice.

How far is Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Dolomites from Venice?

Cortina is 158 kilometers (98 miles) directly north of Venice. A car will be your fastest transport option, clocking in at about 2 hours. The train and bus both take closer to 3 hours.

Venice Day Trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

Taking a gondola may work on the canals of Venice, but might not be your best transport option on a day trip. Luckily, the city offers several convenient options for transportation.
  • • Venice day trips by train

    For numerous day trips outside the city, traveling from Venice by train is an appealing and accessible option. Some of the biggest day trips that can be taken by train include Verona, Lake Garda, Padua, and Cortina.

  • • Venice day trips by bus

    Many companies offer service for day trips from Venice by bus. In fact, many guided tour tickets include bus transport, and some even offer hotel pickup to make your day trip to Verona or the Dolomites that much easier.

  • • Venice day trips by car

    You might prefer taking the transportation for your day trip from Venice into your own hands. In that case, traveling by car will typically be the fastest option for getting around Italy.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

With so many local customs to learn about around Venice, having an expert guide lead you through your day is an excellent option for making the most of your time. For some trips, like those out to the lake or mountains, you might want to venture off on your own and explore the natural beauty of Italy.


What should I pack for my day trip?

Adapting to the local climate around Venice means dressing in loose, breathable clothing and wearing comfortable and sturdy sneakers or sandals. Pack a towel and swim trunks for hitting the many beaches, lakes, and rivers that surround you.


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What people are saying about Venice

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 8,554 reviews

This was an excellent excursion. My guide Giorgia was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and showed us many areas I may not have found by myself and gave great information about the areas and the history of them. Giorgia made the experience better than I had expected. I travel a lot and Giorgia was one of the most friendly, happy, and informative guides I’ve met. She had an excellent local knowledge of Venice and gave great recommendations of things to see and do and places to dine and shop and how to get around thr city using local transport. She made the experience a lot of fun. She had excellent language and communication skills. It was a great way to get to know Venice and best ways of getting around the beautiful city. I would highly recommend this activity. It’s a great way of finding your way around the famous sites and the off the beaten track areas that you may not know about. It was also excellent value for money. A very relaxing and enjoyable experience.

First of all: Francesca was amazing! She made this trip unforgettable in every possible way! We enjoyed alot of different proseccos and foods, and we learned some really cool things about the prosecco and how it was made. After this tour we love prosecco even more (if thats even possible). The hosts at the wineyards also was very warm and welcoming, and made our day so special! Thank you so much to all who was with us this day! We really hope to see you guys again some time in the furure!

This was a really good and inexpensive way of getting a glimpse of other Venetian islands. Transport was comfortable and the host was very informative. Very enjoyable and relaxing excursion. Burano island was my favourite island. I would have preferred a few minutes more there and a few minutes less in Torcello but overall is was an excellent trip and well worth taking. Highly recommended

I was worried about the reviews saying it was too short but I feel that we got to see all the necessary points plus some. I went with my 7 year old and she was exhausted by the end. Andrea was full of information and he spoke great english. He was very personable and easy to talk to. He even got the whole group to sing for my birthday, which made it extra special.

We had an amazing experience. Would recommend 100%!