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Enchanted Isles of Murano, Burano and Torcello

Price: $40.00
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Climb aboard a boat and head out into the beautiful Venetian Lagoon on a trip to Venice's most enchanting islands: Murano, Burano, and Torcello.

As you head towards Murano, you will pass the Island of St. George. In ancient times, it was called the Island of Cypresses for the Cypress Trees that grew there. From your boat you will see part of the ancient Arsenal building from whose yards the powerful Venetian war fleet and merchant navy went out to sea, securing the wealth and greatness of the city for centuries. At its peak, it employed over 16,000 workers.

Next you will arrive in enchanting Murano. Murano is the most famous of the Venetian Islands, originally settled by the Romans and then later in the sixth century by people from Altinum and Oderzo. At first, the island prospered as a fishing port and through production of salt. In 1291, all the glassmakers in Venice moved to Murano due to the risk of fires. In the following centuries Murano became the main producer of high quality glass in Europe. Murano's reputation as a producer of glass continued for centuries. Today, Murano glass is perhaps the most highly regarded in the world, and you will have the pleasure of visiting a glass factory. You will enjoy a private glass blowing demonstration and have free time to purchase glass.

Departing Murano, you will next visit beautiful Burano, the most picturesque of Venetian Islands of the Lagoon. Famous for its lace-making industry, the pretty fishing village has its streets and canals lined by pastel colored houses. Burano rose to importance in the 16th century, when women on the island began making lace with needles, being introduced to such a trade via Venetian-ruled Cyprus. When Leonardo da Vinci visited in 1481, he visited the small town of Lefkara and purchased a cloth for the main altar of the Duomo di Milano. The lace was soon exported across Europe, a practice that continues to this day.

Next you will visit Torcello. After the downfall of the Roman Empire, Torcello was one of the first lagoon islands to be successively populated by those Venetians who fled the mainland to take shelter from the recurring barbarian invasions, especially after Attila the Hun had destroyed the city of Altinum and all of the surrounding settlements in 452. Torcello rapidly grew in importance as a political and trading center. In the 10th century it had a population of at least 10,000 people and was much more powerful than Venice. Today, Torcello is a quaint, sparsely populated island in stark contract to the hustle and bustle of Venice. Torcello boasts a population of only 60 people. The island is also home to the Venetian-Byzantine Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta founded in the 7th Century. Santa Maria Assunta was Venice's first cathedral. Admission to the sites is not included on this tour, so you can plan your day to your liking.

Departing Torcello, you will return to the boat pier near St. Mark's.

Please Note: The boats used on this tour can accommodate up to 200 passengers. Tour group sizes may vary. There will be a hostess on board the boat, however, the hostess is not a tour guide. Commentary is provided in Italian, German, French, Spanish, and English. This is a quick island overview and time on each island is approximately 35 minutes depending on crowds. There will be opportunities to purchase glass and lace at the different stops.

This tour begins and ends at the St. Mark's Square area. Depending on your ship's docking location, a vaporetto, water shuttle, or walk may be required. Transportation between your ship and St. Mark's Square is not included in the tour price.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Cultural, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours 15 Minutes
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Central Venice. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and good walking shoes.
Guests must be able to walk on paved, as well as cobblestone surfaces. There are steps and steep curbs in some areas. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. The walk from the meeting point to the point of embarkation requires the crossing of 4 bridges. Children ages 2 and younger may attend the tour free of charge with advanced notice at the time of booking.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 20 Reviews Review This Tour
5 Starsmissed this tourJuly 02, 2018

Reviewer: Judith Rodgers
missed this tour didn't get there on time!

5 StarsBeautiful Islands!June 25, 2018

Reviewer: Peggy Budwig
We had a wonderful afternoon. Our guide was knowledgeable and the “cruising” between the island was very smooth. Please note: this tour will leave one of the islands without members of the tour. We had two groups who thought they could ignore the time when we were suppose to leave. After being very late at our first island, a different group was left on the dock after we pulled away in each of the two island. The rest of the cruise members were ecstatic! Each island had their own beauty. We pyrchsse glass at Murqbi, cookies at Burano and strolled along the streets (colorful homed) at Torcello!

5 StarsEnchanted Isle of Murano, Burano and TorcelloMay 31, 2018

Reviewer: Carol Vance
The guide was very good and we stayed on in Torcello for an excellent fish lunch. The shopping was fabulous.

4 Stars3 IslandsOctober 10, 2017

Reviewer: Yvonne Palit
The downside was we had a very long wait in Venice once the cruise transfer dropped us off. There is quite a distance between each island with a few interesting views en route. Murano with glass blowing was really interesting with a demonstration first and then we could make purchases from the on site shop at very reasonable prices. Torcello no comment as I sat this one out. Burano very pretty island. Lace was good but expensive. Visited a wonderful shop selling gourmet foods and fabulous Italian ice cream. All very enjoyable but tiring day as we had quite a wait for the cruise ferry to pick us up to return us to the ship.

5 StarsThree islands, three experiences!August 16, 2017

Reviewer: Lorraine Victor
Tour departed on time from the location near St. Marks square with a fast walk to the boat. Glass blowing demonstration in Murano and time to browse the shop for gifts then directly on to Burano with its picturesque and colorful buildings and wonderful lace shops. Adequate time to walk about, shop and grab a bite to eat. Next stop Torcello, walking on your own along the canal to the church and a few shops. There are a few restaurants and hotels on the island, but the church seems to be the biggest attraction. Nice to get out of the crowds here and enjoy the scenery.

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