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Excursion of the Islands from Venice: Visit to Murano, Burano and Torcello
Explore three famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon – Murano, Burano and Torcello – on a half-day sightseeing excursion by motorboat. You'll stop at a glass-blowing factory on Murano, shop for handcrafr in Burano and visit Venice's first cathedral on the tranquil island of Torcello.
Half Day Trip from Venice to Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands highlights:
- Half-day sightseeing tour of Murano, Torcello and Burano
- Visit the three most famous islands in the Venetian Lagoon by motorboat from Venice
- Watch master glass blowers at work at a factory on Murano
- See Venice's Byzantine churches on Torcello – the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Church of Santa Fosca
- Browse for lace on Burano and admire the painted houses
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Board a comfortable motorboat, departing from Venice and speed along the Venetian Lagoon to three islands famous for their handicrafts and architecture: Murano, Burano and Torcello.
Discover the Ventian Lagoon by boat
You'll cruise past the islands of San Giorgio Maggiore, San Servolo, San Lazzaro degli Armeni and Sant'Elena Gardens to Murano, divided into nine islets crossed by a wide canal.
Known for its glassware shops and factories, Murano boasts a long and still-thriving tradition dating back to 1291, when glass artisans moved their kilns from the old city center. Explore the island on foot and stop at a glass factory to watch a skilled glassblower create works of art.
View the magnificent splendor of Murano's palaces and Veneto-Byzantine style churches, some with mosaics and ornamental motifs designed in the 12th century, and catch a glimpse of San Michele – Venice's 19th-century cemetery – across the water. Before re-boarding the boat, you'll have time to visit a museum showcasing the world-famous Murano glass.
Discover Burano, famous for its handcraft
Afterward, journey to the island of Burano and admire the picturesque fishermen's houses painted in bright pastel colors. In this miniature Venice, you'll find the famous lace – abundant since the 16th century and once considered the most refined in Europe. Browse local shops and find lace on display at a museum dedicated to the craft of lace making before your guide returns you to Venice.
Visit Torcello, the most ancient island of the Ventian Lagoon
When you reach the island of Torcello – established between the 5th and 6th centuries and the earliest center of civilization in the Venetian Lagoon – you'll see evidence of the island's glorious past as it once flourished with ornate palaces and churches. You will see the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the 7th century; then you will explore the excavated remains of the circular baptistery in the Church of Santa Fosca, which showcases a delightful portico and striking Byzantine interior.
- Venetian Lagoon
- Transfer from Venice to the islands by boat
- Sightseeing tour of the Venetian Lagoon
- Touristic guide on board
Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
We suggest you to wear comfortable shoes and clothes. In summer, we suggest you to bring solar protection and a bottle of water. In winter, bring an umbrella.
This tour is free for infants 0-6 years old. No refund for latecomers or no shows.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking. You will receive a voucher. This is your ticket and proof of purchase.
Reviewed by Debra L. from
It was amazing!!!
We did the trip to the 3 islands mentioned above...it was brilliant!! Just wish we had a bit more time on each island...maybe extend times? Very informative and enjoyable and will definitely recommend it!
Reviewed by Chelsea T from United States
Fun Boat Trip, Great way to see Venice's Neighboring Islands
My mom and I had a great time on the boat trip. It was a very relaxing ride between the islands. We stopped at the glass factory in Murano which was amazing to watch. On Burano we skipped the lace factory tour and instead wandered around checking out the different colored fisherman's houses and cute shops. Torcello was neat to see the oldest civilization in the estuary. We grabbed a Coke Light and Bag of Bruschetti all'olio di oliva al gusto pomodoro e basilico and propped our feet up on the side rail for the ride home...enjoying our snack with a beautiful sunset over Venice. Highly recommended. Just long enough to get a good flavor of the area, without being excessively long. The guide did a great job, narrating in 6 different languages.