Murano and Burano: excursions to Venice islands

What to see in Murano and Burano and Torcello

Island of Murano

Murano is the world capital of artistic glass. It is still a totally handcrafted work and it is very fascinating to observe. The furnaces of Murano Glass offer free demonstrations of glass processing. You can see master glassmakers at work in colossal furnaces, while they create with delicacy, precision and great physical strength of the wonderful glass artifacts. It is worth assisting to understand the merits and value of these glass objects, especially if you think about buying a typical souvenir and want to be sure that it is original Murano glass. The art of glass has developed in Murano for about 800 years and it is certainly worth visiting the precious Glass Museum to retrace the most significant phases of the evolution of this art. Murano is also a beautiful destination for a simple walk away from the crowds of St. Mark’s Square: you will find yourself in a smaller Venice, in a very special landscape and a bit ‘industrial characterized by the furnaces.



Island of Burano

Pittoresca isola di Burano. Sicuramente da vedere!

The home of lace is one of the most photographed places in the world for its colorful houses. The houses are painted with bright colors and you will have the impression of crossing a rainbow suspended between water and sky! Unique in the world is the Burano lace, just for the type of lacework born on this island, a very special technique and extremely laborious, which allowed the creation of lace of unparalleled grace and even very complex design. Burano lace was requested by kings and queens of Europe and the lacemakers of the island spent even years on a single work of lace, so much was the processing required. The Lace Museum, located in the centre of the island, is splendid, where you can retrace the unique history of this handicraft production and admire the precious lace works preserved here.



Island of Torcello

A tiny green piece in the panorama of the Lagoon, whose importance in the past has been fundamental. Torcello, the first settlement of the Venetian lagoon, was once inhabited by thousands of

people and was the hub of trade before the rise of Venice. Today the island is inhabited by only 12 people, but still has an architectural kit of exceptional importance. The Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, dating back to the twelfth century and in Byzantine style, is the oldest church in the lagoon and together with the Church of Santa Fosca forms a complex not to be missed by art lovers. In the small square that represents the monumental centre of the island there is also an ancient stone throne, the so-called Throne of Attila.


Islands of Murano and Burano…Torcello: tours to visit them together

Below you will find four tours with guaranteed departure to visit the islands of Venice, starting from Venice, Punta Sabbioni or Treporti. All these boat excursions include a visit to a glass factory in Murano with free demonstrations and multilingual assistance on board.

Half-day Express Tour from Piazzale Roma and San Marco, Venice

The ideal tour for those who have very little time and want to spend a half day visiting Murano, Burano and Torcello. The tour takes place twice a day and lasts about 4 hours and a half. The morning tour includes only the visit of Murano and Burano, while the afternoon tour also includes Torcello. Two departures for each tour: from Piazzale Roma/Stazione dei treni Santa Lucia, and from Riva degli Schiavoni, 5 minutes from PIazza San marco. Departures all year round. Rates: 20 adults and 10 children.

6.30 hours island tour from San Marco, Venice

This tour includes a little more time off to the islands than half-day tours and is ideal so you don’t have to rush from one visit to the next. Departures from May to September from Riva degli Schiavoni, near San Marco. Fares: 20 E adults, 10 E children.

Excursion to Murano and Burano from Punta Sabbioni

Escursione a Murano, Burano e Torcello da Cavallino Treporti

This excursion starts from Punta Sabbioni, the water transport hub of the northern lagoon of Venice. To be clear, those who stay on the beaches of Veneto in the resorts of Cavallino, Treporti and Lido di Jesolo will be very convenient to reach Punta Sabbioni and embark towards Venice. The excursion lasts a full day, with departure at 10.30 am from Punta Sabbioni, stop in Murano and then in Burano. A first return at 15.00 to P. Sabbioni is planned for those who can not wait to return to sunbathe on the beach. Alternatively, for the same price, you can stay on board the motorboat and reach Venice for a free visit of the city. Return from Venice from 17.00 to 19.00. Rates: 20 E adults, 10 E children.

Trip to Murano, Burano, Torcello da Treporti

Excursion dedicated to those who want to visit the islands starting from the beaches of Veneto. The excursion lasts from 9.30 to 17.30, so you have a full day at your disposal to enjoy the islands starting from Cavallino Treporti. The excursion is scheduled three times a week from the end of May to the beginning of September.  Rates: 23 adults and 13 children.


Are you interested in other boat tours in the lagoon? Here are many ideas: links on all

  • Bragosso: board the most typical Venetian boats
  • Venetian Lagoon: personalized excursions on ecological boats
  • Torcello: what to see in the first island of Venice ever inhabited
  • Sant’Erasmo Venice: the vegetable garden of the lagoon, an immense green garden among the waters
  • The Islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Burano, Torcello and San Francesco da Altino!
  • Murano, Burano and Torcello: Tour of the islands