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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Venezia, Italy
Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Visit Torcello, Murano, and Burano—three islands in the Venetian Lagoon—on this tour from Venice by motorboat. With a guide, watch glass being blown at a Murano glass factory, see historical cathedrals on Torcello, and admire exquisite handmade lace on Burano. This is a great way to see more than just the central sights of Venice and enjoy a cruise on the water. Select a departure time when booking.
  • Half-day sightseeing tour of Murano, Torcello, and Burano from Venice
  • Visit the three most famous islands in the Venetian Lagoon by motorboat
  • Watch master glass blowers at work at a factory on Murano
  • See Byzantine churches on Torcello— the Church of Santa Fosca
  • Browse for lace on Burano and admire the painted houses
  • Hear commentary provided by an expert guide
  • Choose from morning and afternoon departure times

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This affordable boat tour zips you to a trio of the most interesting Venetian islands without a hitch.
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Professional guide
Visit a glass-blowing factory at Murano
Travel by shared motor boat between Venice, Murano, Burano and Torcello
Entrance fees to Torcello Church
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Giardini Ex Reali, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

30121 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your tour from Venice to Murano, Torcello, and Burano begins as you board your motorboat and set off across the Venetian Lagoon to your first stop, the island of Murano, which is actually several small isles dissected by a wide canal. Disembark the boat to walk around Murano with your guide.

Visit a glass factory, where you watch a glassblower creating beautiful pieces of glassware, a Murano tradition that dates back to 1291. Hear a bit about the island’s history from your guide, who tells you about Murano’s prosperity in the 1400s and 1500s, when it was the center of glassmaking in Europe. Then go admire other sights like churches decorated with mosaics and other ornamental details.

Next, visit Torcello, an island established between the 5th and 6th centuries, to see its ornate palaces and churches. Highlights include the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the 7th century, and the excavated remnants of the baptistery in the Church of Santa Fosca. Then head to your third stop, Burano, an island known for its lace production, which dates back to the 16th century and was once the best in Europe. While you visit local shops and a museum to admire high-end lace on display, admire the island’s brightly-colored fishermen’s houses.

Your tour then ends with the return boat ride to Venice.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Laguna di Venezia
Navigate through the Venetian Lagoon to reach the islands and enjoy the view!
Stop At:  
Isola di Murano
The island of Murano is the first stop of this excursion: you will have a chance to enter a glass factory and see the masters working the glass as they have been doing for centuries and then visit the center of the island.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Isola di Burano
Second stop of this half day excursion is Burano, famous for the colorful fishermen's houses and for the traditional handmade laces.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Torcello Island
Torcello is the third and last stop of this tour. The island is the first to be inhabited in the Venetian lagoon and still shows the traces of its origins.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Chiesa di Santa Fosca
The church of Santa Fosca stands in the main square of Torcello and is a fine example of venetian-byzantine style.
Stop At:  
Trono di Attila
In the middle of Torcello stands the ancient Attila's throne.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ponte del Diavolo
Cross the Devil's Bridge which still preserves the shape of the ancient Venetian bridges
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Piazza San Marco
The boat leaves from St'Mark's Square, which you will have the chance to admire from a different perspective.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The time spent on each island is between 30 to 40 minutes
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note that the tour departs also from Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station 30 minutes before the departure time from San Marco Giardinetti. Please exchange your voucher at the Alilaguna ticket office in front of platform n°2 STRICTLY 15 minutes before the departure time.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bucintoro Viaggi

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "We recommend to have snacks or eat well before going to this tour, because if you stop to buy something to eat, you might ran out of time to sight-see." See review
  • "Though you can take the water bus to these islands having a pick up and drop of time scheduled for each makes it very easy to gain access to each island." See review

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star-5
Totally worth it
AnindyaSundar_D
, Aug 2021
Really value for money! Looking at the maestro blowing the glass, the beautiful coloured houses in Burano and the mosaic artwork in Torcello church for such a small amount. Totally worth it!
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star-3
Good, but expected better
Timothy_P
, Aug 2021
The islands are definitely worth seeing, particularly the glass on Murano and the beautiful lace shops, colorful homes, and restaurants on Burano. The boat was adequate for transporting a large group. I was under the impression that it was an English tour. The guide spoke wonderful English, but seemed to say much more in Italian. I thought her descriptions and narratives were rather skimpy and not nearly as informative as should have been the case.
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star-4
Great way to see 3 islands
Glenn_A
, Jul 2021
Nice way to see three islands in an afternoon. Loved Burano and would definitely return again. Glassblowing in Murano was fascinating. Torcella was not not worth the stop.
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star-3
Good for fast, public transport better for in-depth
Karen_Melchior
, Jul 2021
Very fast tour of the islands. If you want to visit in depth one of them. Then take the public transport. Guide and crew 👍🏻
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star-5
Nice visit to near by islands
Hiwot_Z
, Jul 2021
Tour was excellent. It wasn’t too long, it wasn’t expensive and the islands were beautiful and each islands has their own uniqueness. Watching the glass maker making glass in Murano was an experience. We had enough time on each islands. I recommend this tour for anyone.
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Average
BarbroHelen_S
, Jul 2021
Difficult to find the place there we should pick up the tickets. Difficult to hear what the guide say because of noise from the boat. Litle time to walk around.
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star-4
Wonderful experience
Agnes_G
, Jul 2021
I wish stay in Burano was longer at least 3 hrs. Everything else wonderful experience. July is hot and humid make sure you have hat and water, do your excepción in the early morning.
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star-5
Great value for money
Louise
, Jul 2021
Great value for money. Not enough time in Murano and an extra 15 /20 mins would have been good. Apart from that highly recommended.
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star-2
No content just transportation
Emilie
, Jul 2021
Burano is a colourful little town worth visiting. Memorable part of the tour. Nice restaurants, bar and cafes.
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star-3
Beautiful island of Burano (other islands not too interesting)
Lizette_V
, Jul 2021
Trip was okay. Could have skipped the first two islands- not much to see. But the last island was amazing. I would have loved to spend all the time on just that island. I will say that the company was great and responded promptly when needing to contact them.
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