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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
$36.20 per adult
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Beautiful Scenes in Murano & Burano
Lovely Francesca was our guide & she knew her history inside & out. The tour was very well organized & easy to follow. I could watch glass blowing all day - what an art! The little island of Burano was spectacular as well. All of the colors make you feel alive! Very laid back. Loved it!
Cynthia_F, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

A fun day on the islands
Ian_C, Aug 2022
Murano & Burano Islands Fully Guided Small-Group Tour by Private Boat
Serena our guide was delightful. The visit to Murano would be better if we visited more glass makers and could have had a greater opportunity to purchase or order items made to our requirements. On Burano the tour was fine but we only had sufficient time to eat afterwards. We would have like to walk around and explore a bit further.
Murano glass demonstration was amazing!
Velda_V, Aug 2022
Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano lace island
Loved Murano and the glass making demonstration! We were all amazed…. Such beautiful things created there! Burano was very pretty with its colored houses! Rosella was a very considerate and informative guide! Our boat captain played good music!
Great day out
Stewart_M, Aug 2022
Murano & Burano Islands Fully Guided Small-Group Tour by Private Boat
Really nice trip with a lovely guide - would’ve been nice to perhaps have a little longer in Murano (to have a look around and perhaps visit another glass factory) but the trip to Burano was perfect - all in all a great day out - recommended!
See how Murano glass is made
Nancy_M, Aug 2022
Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano lace island
So much fun to see an exhibition of glass making on Murano and how they make lace on Burano. We enjoyed walking around Burano and looking at the colorful houses.
Great Tour
Shek_B, Aug 2022
private boat tour Murano & Burano
Was very nice tour, our tour guide Sara was very informative, we enjoyed every minute of it. Thank for lovely and memorable trip to Murano $ Burano
Murano Glass!!!
holly, Jul 2022
Private tour on Murano Island: discover the art of Artisanal Glassblowing
Murano Glass Factory Tour We bought two pieces- A beautiful Murano Chandelier and stunning Mirror. Definitely the highlight of Venice. Recommend only traveling around by private water taxi every where and only private tours!
Efficient quick trip to the Islands
Colleen_B, Jul 2022
Murano, Burano & Torcello Islands Full-Day Tour
It was a very quick trip to each Island, and provided a peek of each island. The transport was very well organized. If you want to have significant shopping time and/or site seeing on Murano and/or Burano you may want to look at an excursion that excludes Torcello as it has limited sites to see and it takes time away from the other two islands..
Beautiful islands with...
Ami_S, Aug 2022
Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
Beautiful islands with its own uniqueness. Enjoyed every moment. Murano glass factory Torcello Church n no parapet bridge Burano market and beautiful colored homes.
Great day and experience...
Jim_O, Jun 2022
The best of Venice and Murano in one day private tour on foot and by boat
Great day and experience with a fantastic tour guide. Good way to see Venice and Murano. Enjoyed every minute of the day.
Outstanding private tour...
Joshua_R, Jun 2022
Private Murano and Burano VIP Venice Boat Tour
Outstanding private tour of murano and burano. Expensive but worth it. Our guide was a+ and the glass tour factory tour was outstanding
Beautiful Sightseeing Tour!
Jan_S, Jun 2022
Murano and Burano Islands Semi-Independent Tour
Great experience and sightseeing!! Highly recommend this for first timers to Venice and seeing Murano and Burano! Such beautiful places.
Great experience
fabiolagomezj, Aug 2022
Murano & Burano Islands Fully Guided Small-Group Tour by Private Boat
The glass blowing demonstration was incredible and even though Murano doesn't have mucho more to do, it is definitely a must. Burano was beautiful, we had some time to walk around, grab some food and take beautiful photos. Our guide was so knowledgeable about the area and she was super nice
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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