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Venice Islands: Tours and Excursions


The islands of Venice are a unique geography in Italy: they are hundreds of islands enclosed in the largest lagoon of our country. From the largest such as the Lido and Pellestrina (the two long “cords” that delimit the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea) to the middle islands, such as Sant’Erasmo and Murano, to the smallest such as the tiny San Francesco del Deserto, the Certosa, Torcello and Burano.

Venice Islands to visit at least once in your life!

In the lagoon of Venice there are many islands that are worth a visit and on this page we will see together various proposals for organized tours and private tours for large groups.

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There are tours departing from St. Mark’s Square, Piazzale Roma or other points of the historic city ideal for those who stay in Venice or arrive in the city by train or bus. Other tours start from the north Venetian coast (Punta Sabbioni, Treporti), for visitors who reach the lagoon from the north and east and for those who stay on the beaches of Veneto. Finally, there are also lagoon landings on the south side of the lagoon, such as Chioggia and Fusina. From here you can also leave for splendid tours of the islands of Venice.

Venice islands: scheduled tours

For individual visitors (individuals, couples, families) the cheapest way to visit the islands of Venice are group tours with scheduled departures. These tours start from the centre of Venice or the Venetian coast and allow you to visit Murano, Burano and Torcello, the three most famous islands in the lagoon. They last from 4 to 6 hours and tickets for adults are around 20 euros per person.

These tours include explanations during navigation and disembarkation with free visit of the islands for a pleasant day in the lagoon. They usually include a demonstration of Murano glass working.

Murano and Burano: all tours to visit them togetherDa Piazzale Roma a Piazza San Marco: tour diretto con guida!

To visit the islands of Venice with scheduled tours you can choose various starting points. If you are staying in Venice, or if you have chosen the beaches of Veneto for a nice holiday, you can choose between at least four starting points: Piazzale Roma and Riva degli Schiavoni in Venice, Punta Sabbioni and Treporti on the north side of the lagoon. Here you will find all the scheduled tours to visit Murano Burano and Torcello from these starting points.

Special summer tour to the islands from St. Mark’s Square, duration 6 hours

Climb aboard from Riva degli Schiavoni, a few minutes from Piazza San Marco, and embark on a one-day tour to discover Murano, Burano and Torcello. On board the ship you can follow the story of a multilingual assistant. The time to visit the islands is left free to walk, photograph, visit or shop. The stop in Murano includes a demonstration of glass processing in a furnace. Rates and calendar here: Venice Islands Tours

Venezia in due Giorni: Tour delle Isole della Laguna

Venice islands: Private and customizable tours

To follow a personalized itinerary in the lagoon dedicated to the smaller islands, the ideal is to opt for a private boat trip. In this way you can discover the peculiarities of the lesser known but fascinating islands: San Giorgio Maggiore, San Lazzaro degli Armeni, Sant’Ariano and the ghost islands, Poveglia, San Clemente, San Francesco del Deserto and others.  This option is ideal for organized groups, so if you are organizing a group outing please contact us! We will be able to give you various suggestions for an optimal organization!

Venetian Lagoon: private excursions for groups on ecological boats

Discover our itineraries in the north and south lagoons, or design your itinerary to the islands that interest you most. On board of ecological boats you will get to know the lagoon and its natural environment better, all in a convivial and relaxing atmosphere, typically Venetian! The tours are ideal for organized groups, discover more in the page Laguna Veneta.

Bragozzo: board a typical Venetian boat

The bragozzo is the most picturesque of the Venetian boats. Its flat bottom allowed excellent fishing even on shallow waters and allows you to reach the islands of the lagoon more remote. Ideal for naturalistic excursions with departure from Altino or Venezia Fondamenta Nuove. Find out more in the Bragozzo card.


Below you will find two specific focuses on two islands in the lagoon that are very popular and well worth a visit, Torcello and Sant’Erasmo, the vegetable garden of Venice

Torcello: what to see in the first island of Venice ever inhabited

We have thought of offering you an in-depth account of the beautiful island of Torcello because although it is one of the smallest in the lagoon, it houses an exceptional historical and artistic heritage and art lovers should not miss this visit. from the Byzantine Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, dating from the twelfth century, to the legendary Throne of Attila, discover all the curiosities of Torcello, what to see

Sant’Erasmo Venice: visit the garden of the lagoon

Sant’Erasmo is a green paradise in the heart of the lagoon. For centuries dedicated to agriculture, there are cultivated the famous purple artichokes, castraure, and other first fruits of the lagoon. Excellent cuisine and various opportunities to visit farms. Discover all the ways in which you can visit it in the page Sant’Erasmo Venezia


Would you like more inspiration on the islands of Venice? We’ll make do with it right away!

  • Murano Venice: focus on the island of glass with visits, demonstrations and tours!
  • Burano Venezia: the island of a thousand colors and one of the most picturesque places in the world
  • Lido di Venezia: the beach of the Venetians and home of the Venice Film Festival
  • Island of Pellestrina: a jewel of the lagoon between seaside villages and unspoiled oases
  • San Francesco del Deserto: how to visit this oasis of peace in the heart of the lagoon
  • La Giudecca: “reserved” and authentic, a living and creative island to discover