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Murano

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7,136 Reviews
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
$46.71 per adult
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So glad we chose this tour
I loved going through the glass shops and seeing the artisans make glass. I also enjoyed the very informative guide who answered questions and told us more about the culture of the beautiful islands.
Brenda_H, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

star-5
Excellent.
Subramanyam_S, Aug 2021
Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
This tour was excellent and the English speaking guide was very good. Murano glass factory visit was enjoyable.
star-5
Amazing and well worth it!
Laura_G, Sep 2021
Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Boat
We would have liked a little more free time on Burano, it was so cute !! The glass blowing on Murano was amazing!! We loved our tour guide Alessandra - so knowledgeable!!
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
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
Love
Nova, Aug 2021
Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
Beautiful little islands around Venice. Burano is the best one in my opinion to the eye. Great glass souvenirs in Murano.
star-5
Beautiful Murano
Michael_C, Jul 2021
Private tour on Murano Island
This was wonderful. Our guide was prompt and personable. The ride to Murano was great. We watched a “Maestro” make 2 separate pieces. Both were astonishing. We walked the galleries of the factory and found some beautiful pieces. We then walked Murano and saw several churches and the art they contained. It was a great trip.
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.
star-4
Glad our family did this tour- Highlight is the boat ride.
Stephanie_G, Jul 2021
Murano Glass Experience plus Visit to a Burano lace island
Our guide was very skilled and spoke 3 different languages on the tour. The boat we took was beautiful and clean. The only issue is there is only time to shop, eat, or take photographs on Burano. You really have to choose just one. I wish we would have brought food to eat on the boat so we could have spent more time shopping. Also the lace is quite expensive - just to give you an idea it was 95 euro for a tablecloth. I only had time to go to 3 shops. Didn't see much under that price.
star-5
Worth Every Penny!
Sarah_W, Sep 2021
Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Boat
This tour far exceeded our expectations! Worth every penny. Francesca A was our tour guide, and we cannot say enough wonderful things about her. We learned so much about the history of Venice from her. She was also just incredibly accommodating - she wanted to ensure we had the best experience so tailored the whole day to us. I cannot say enough great things about this tour!
star-5
Awesome 3 island tour
Brian_A, Sep 2021
City Escape: Mazzorbo, Burano & Murano Private Day Trip
Marzia was very personable, informative and knowledgeable of her city and country. We had an awesome day touring the 3 islands. Our family loved the glass factory demonstration, and it was very impressive to see the ladies handcrafting the elegant lace! We highly recommend this tour. Make sure to put on your walking shoes and bring your camera for some great photos!
star-5
Perfection!
Natasha_S, Sep 2021
Murano & Burano Islands Half Day Guided Tour by Private Boat
Francesca was wonderful. The tour moved along at our pace, she never rushed us, not once. I can't say enough wonderful things about this tour and Francesca. I would not hesitate to book a tour with her. We had a wonderful time, Mille Grazie!

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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