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Half-day Trip to Murano, Burano and Torcello from Venice

Dedicate a few hours of your stay in Venice to discovering the marvellous little islands of the lagoon: the glass-maker island of Murano, colourful Burano, Torcello and its glorious past. Two trips scheduled every day!

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If you are traveling to Venice and you have very little time, but you would still like to take a trip to the most famous islands, this is the tour for you! This half day trip offers a murano burano and torcello islands tour.  Venice is the optimal starting point and this tour is available throughout the year. On this popular tour from Venice you will get a flavour of the other islands in the lagoon.


Tour Express to Murano, Burano and Torcello

There are two guided tours a day, lasting about 4 hours. The morning tour stops only in Murano and Burano, while the afternoon tour stops in Murano, Burano and Torcello.
You can embark from Piazzale Roma or from Riva degli Schiavoni, just a few minutes from Piazza San Marco. The return in both cases is in Riva degli Schiavoni, with the possibility, for the evening tour, to add a supplement to the price and get back to Piazzale Roma.


Excursion programme

A multilingual guide will give explanations during the trip. Once disembarked in Murano you will visit a glass furnace, where you will see a free glass blowing demonstration. The rest of the time on the island is free. In the Burano the guide will lead you to a renowned lace shop where you can see a demonstration of the production of the precious Burano lace. The rest of the visit to the island is free. The afternoon tour also includes a stop in Torcello, to breathe the ancient air of the origins of Venice.

Murano Islands Burano Torcello: 4 daily departures


You can book the departure from Piazzale Roma or from Riva degli Schiavoni. Once the two stops have been made, the boat continues to the islands of the Venetian lagoon!
We remind you that there are two tours a day: the morning tour stops only in Murano and Burano, while the afternoon tour also includes Torcello.
These times:
10.00 – Murano and Burano tours (4 hours 30 min) – Pick-up in Piazzale Roma area / S. Lucia station.
10.30am – Murano and Burano Tour (4 hours) – Casold Cornoldi, Riva degli Schiavoni pick-up
2.00 pm – Tour Murano, Burano, Torcello (4 hours and 45 min) – Pick-up in Piazzale Roma / S. Lucia Station.
2.30pm – Murano and Burano and Torcello tours (4 hours and 15 mins) – Pick-up from Caserma Cornoldi, Riva degli Schiavoni
It is recommended to show up at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the departure time! Below you will find

 

What to see in Murano Burano Torcello?


The island of Murano is synonymous with the art of blown glass. From the thirteenth century, Murano is the centre of the Venetian glass industry, whose techniques have been handed down from generation to generation. The tour includes a demonstration by master glassmakers of Murano glass and the creation of beautiful objects.
Burano is certainly the most picturesque place in the lagoon with its brightly coloured houses. Local legend has it that the fishermen of Burano painted their houses in bright colours to recognize them when they returned from the sea in the days of thick fog.

The Venetians deny this legend, however Burano has certainly become a unique place in the world, a joy for the eyes and for photographers, as can be seen from the many photo galleries on Burano. Burano is also known all over the world for the production of artisan lace, increasingly rare due to the difficulty of the technique. Here, in fact, the lace is worked on the pillow, which allows the creation of the finest laces with the most complex designs. Historically it was probably only the kings and queens of Europe who could afford this precious lace. Today the scarcity of lace is due more to the limited number of lacemakers. Visit to the Lace Museum, next to the grandiose church of San Martino to retrace the history of this unique art in the world.

 

 

The small island of Torcello will take you back in time to the origins of Venice. It was in fact the first island to be inhabited and was once much more active than it is today. In the past it served as the hub of commercial traffic in the lagoon and was inhabited by thousands of people.Today there are only 12 left!

What can you see in Torcello? Certainly the centre of the island is really exceptional, it is the site of the Basilica of Santa Maria Dell’Assunta, with its Byzantine mosaics, the Church of Santa Fosca, and, a few steps away, the legendary Throne of Attila. On the way to the complex you will also cross the Ponte del Diavolo, with its peculiar structure without parapets., Also with stories to tell.
The point of return for all the tours is the landing in Riva degli Schiavoni. For the afternoon tour it is possible to add the return to Piazzale Roma with a supplement.
For any further information, please contact us!


Transportation to the islands: is it better to go on a tour or use your ACTV passes?


ACTV passes allow unlimited travel to the islands of the Venice lagoon for 24, 48, 72 hours or more. They can be a good solution to visit the islands independently, especially if you want to take the time to visit museums and artistic sites (which we certainly recommend).
However, ACTV passes are risky in the summer months and weekends, when the queues at ACTV landing stages are really long and the boats are crowded. You might get stuck on an island waiting for a boat and wastie hours at the end of a day for not choosing an organized tour.
That’s why, for the same price with a 24 hour ACTV pass (20 Euro), to visit Murano Burano Torcello it may be advisable to opt for an organized tour, especially if you are in a group!
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Would you like other ideas on the islands of Venice? We can help! (Link on all)
Visit Murano: many tips to enjoy Murano to the fullest with creative activities for young and old
Murano what to see: all the attractions waiting for you on the island
Which furnace to visit in Murano: the world of Murano glass is immense, we give you a guided tour glass furnace visit!

FEATURES

  • Indoor Experience
  • Accessible to people with disabilities

EXPERIENCE DETAILS

Price

Full price: 20 euro
Children from 0 to 10 y.o: 10 euro

Afternoon supplement for return to Piazzale Roma:
Full price: 7.50 euro
Children: 5.00 euro

Duration

4 h to 4 h 45 min

Availability

All year apart from 1st January and 25th December

Spoken Languages

  • Italian
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Included / Excluded

Included :

• boat travel to the islands of the Venice Lagoon
• multilingual assistance on board
• free visit to Murano and Burano. For the afternoon tour: free visit to Torcello as well.
• glass blowing demonstration in Murano
• visit around the Burano lace shop (if available)

Excluded :

Whatever is not specifically included.

Sales Conditions

Once purchased, the ticket is non-refundable. It is possible to change the date, up to 24 hours before the departure of the selected tour, by contacting the suppliers (see purchase voucher). In the case of NO SHOW, no kind of reimbursement will be made.
The customer is entitled to a 100% refund in the event of: cancelled service due to boat failure or adverse weather conditions that prevent navigation.
The customer is entitled to a 50% refund in the event of: disservice as a serious delay of the boat (over 30 minutes).

Other practical information

Please be at departure point at least 15 minutes in advance!
Free visit of the islands and transfer by boat with multilingual tour leaders that provide information on the visited places.
Multilingual tour.
All tours are wheelchair-accessible. In the summer we suggest to people with limited mobility to take the tour from Monday to Friday.
Safety equipment and equipment are included.
Dogs are allowed only if they have a muzzle.

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