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Murano

Castello, 4392/a, 300 metri da Piazza San Marco, Venice

The Basics

The best way to visit Murano is on a boat tour of the Venice islands. These tours make stops on Murano to see traditional glassblowing the island of Burano, famous for its lace-making; and Torcello, believed to be the first populated island in the Venetian lagoon. Private tours let you enjoy a boat ride across the waters of the lagoon, visits to artisan workshops and factories accompanied by an expert tour guide, and a bit of free time for shopping and exploring without having to navigate Venice’s complex vaporetto (ferry) system between the islands.

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Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano lace island
Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano lace island
star-4.5
$39.96 per adult
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Murano and Burano Tour
We had a beautiful day for our tour of the islands of Murano and Burano. Our guide did a great job keeping everyone engaged, particularly since he had to give the tour in 3 different languages. The islands are charming especially Burano. The lace work there is exceptional and our guide took us to a shop off the main street where I bought some beautiful scarfs. It would have been nice to have more time to walk around. But all in all it was a fun day for us.
Joan_F, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

star-4
Good way to see the islands surrounding Venice
Martn_H, Nov 2021
Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
Glass making in Murano was very interesting to watch. Torcedlo was not very interesting at all and could cut out of the tour and the hour spent there would be better allocates to more time in Murano and Burano. Burano was absolutely beutiful and very picturesque.
star-5
Private Tour Excellent Value
Tonya_S, Oct 2021
Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Boat
We booked a tour with the incredible Alessandra P and she was such a delight and incredibly interesting and lovely. She speaks Japanese too which delighted my husband’s Japanese mother. We loved the Murano glass tour, taking the vaporetto to the locations, and wandering through colorful Burano to take in the island and get some gelato. We loved Alessandra so much, we even invited her to visit us back in the States!
star-5
I enjoyed the glass...
Angela_W, Oct 2021
Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello
I enjoyed the glass blowing demonstration and browsing the show room. Absolutely loved Burano with the numerous choices in shops and restaurants. Eat lunch in Burano- skip lunch in Murano.
star-5
Great Picture Opps
Kyle_W, Nov 2021
Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
For as cheap as it is, it’s worth it for the awesome pictures you’ll get at 2/3 of the islands. Personally I think they should skip the island where there’s nothing but an old church (Torcello). But still a good experience overall and the pictures we got in Murano and Burano were some of the very best from our whole Italy trip. If you have a few hours to kill, this is a good find! It was super easy to find the dock and there were no issues at all getting to/from the boat.
star-5
Cruising Murano and Burano!
Ken_N, Sep 2021
private boat tour Murano & Burano
Kristina was wonderful and the tour of the glass factory on Murano and lunch on Burano were outstanding. A great way to sightsee in a short amount of time.
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Introduction to Murano and Burano
Amy_M, Oct 2021
Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Boat
Very informative intro to Murano and Burano where the boat docks but you also learn the history and current purpose of the other Venetian lagoon islands. Chairs, the tour guide was spectacular. Kind, funny, energetic and incredibly smart, she makes the tour interesting and special for all of the group.
star-4
Tour of murano
ronald_t, Sep 2021
Murano by Private Watertaxi Including Glass Blowing Demo with Hotel Pickup
Took a trip to murano glass works. Very enjoyable. Transportation might be better define. Overall a pleasant experience.
star-5
Let's tour
Christos_K, Aug 2021
Murano, Burano & Torcello Islands Full-Day Tour
Every spot was beautiful but Murano was excellent. The tour was organised well without delays. Thank you for the accurate, friendly and wonderful experience.
star-5
Murano tour
Megan_H, Jul 2021
Private tour on Murano Island: discover the art of Artisanal Glassblowing
Great tour of Murano. We went to see the glass blowing presentation but the tour of Murano was equally as great!
star-5
BURANO MAGIC
Eugene_L, Oct 2021
Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
We loved Burano and wish we could have spent more time there. Of course Murano is famous for its glass blowing demonstration but after that it was more of a buying frenzy.
star-5
Must do tour!
Mara_H, Oct 2021
Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano lace island
Amazing day! The church in Murano was lovely to see along with the glass making demonstration. Burano was absolutely beautiful. I wish we would have had more time there to stroll around. Alessandro (a true Venetian) was an outstanding guide full of knowledge, very friendly, and ready to offer great tips about where to eat/see, etc. This tour is a must and price wise I also found it to be very cheap for a day’s worth.
star-5
Bella!!!!
susan_K, Sep 2021
Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
Great tour for the money..beautiful islands. Must do this tour. Very easy to get tickets..they were very accommodating to change times due to getting a covid test.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Be sure to bring your camera, as Murano glassblowing and Burano lace-making demonstrations make for great photos.

  • Murano glass and Burano lace are both famous for their impeccable craftsmanship and quality—and prices reflect that. Be wary of “bargain” prices, which often mean counterfeit goods.

  • Murano’s glass shops are known for their hard-sell techniques, which can be uncomfortable. To avoid being strong-armed, always book your Venice islands tour through a reputable company.

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How to Get There

From St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), take vaporetto (ferry) 4.1 from the San Zaccaria stop, or a private water taxi from the Grand Canal boat launch, just steps from St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.

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When to Get There

The Venice islands are most crowded in summer. From November through February, Venice is relatively quiet, though the temperatures can make for a chilly boat trip across the lagoon.

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There Be Dragons

Murano’s seventh-century Basilica di Santa Maria e San Donato, one of the oldest in Venice, is famous for its exquisite Byzantine mosaics. It’s also known for what’s on display behind the altar: four massive rib bones said to be from a dragon slain by St. Donatus in Greece.

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