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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 & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Boat
Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Boat
$45.97 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great experience!
Had a great time seeing both Murano and Burano. Our tour guide, Serena, was great! Really enjoyed seeing the glass making and exploring the glass shop. Burano was so beautiful with the colorful houses. Had plenty of time to grab lunch and explore around the island before heading back. Would highly recommend this to get to see these two islands.
Chad_D, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

star-5
A nice morning tour through Murano and Burano!
Nirav_P, Oct 2021
Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano lace island
Such a beautiful tour! You go to Murano first and tour the glass-making shop. We had ample time to look around and make a purchase. We then headed over to Burano to see lace-making and grab some lunch and drinks. Very knowledgeable tour guide! The Murano glass-making shop, in particular, had great customer service!
star-5
The glass blowing factory...
John_M, Oct 2021
Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
The glass blowing factory and demonstration at Murano were excellent. Burano was colorful and beautiful
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.
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
Excellent cruise
Anatoli_G, Oct 2021
Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
Very nice daily cruises to murano, burano, torcelo... Good guide in English with lot of information. I will do again trip with them next time and I suggest it for all
star-5
Perfect tour!
Jennifer_F, Sep 2021
Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Boat
Francesca was amazing!!!! Phenomenal tour and overall lovely day visiting murano, Burano and Mazzorbo. Best tour in Venice!
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
Nice trip
Elena_B, Aug 2021
Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello
I liked that the tour was well organized and offered the chance to see a bit of every island. We had a short demonstration of Murano glass work and then we were free to visit the islands. Personally I was happy with what I got for the price payed - it would have been a hassle to do this trip by myself with the vaporetto. For those who want to stay more on each island, I would recommend one island per day, otherwise it can get extremely long and tiring.
star-5
Outside Venice
Morten_S, Oct 2021
Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano lace island
A great tour if you want to visit murano and burano in half a day. Burano is particuly a very nice and coulorfull city. Lots og info from the guide and ofcource a nice boatride from Venice to the Islands and back.
star-5
Murano tour
Megan_H, Jul 2021
Private tour on Murano Island
Great tour of Murano. We went to see the glass blowing presentation but the tour of Murano was equally as great!
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.
star-4
Book a longer tour so you can visit more glass blowing factories.
Bernadette_C, Jul 2021
Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano lace island
I would’ve like to see more glass blowing factories (maybe one more), but what we saw was nice. Butano was nice too. Our guide and navigator were great. Venetian Boat was nice and clean.

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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Trip ideas

Sightseeing on a Budget in Venice

Sightseeing on a Budget in Venice


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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