Venice lagoon tour: discover Murano, Burano and Torcello
Come and discover with us the wonderful lagoon of Venice and its main islands: Murano, Burano and Torcello. A journey through history of the lagoon with our guided tour through these unique islands, their environments and traditions.
WHY DID WE LIKE THIS EXPERIENCE SO MUCH?
- You can visit Murano and see the master glassmakers at work
- Discover Burano which is well known for its colored houses and exceptional lace
- You can explore Torcello, the oldest of the Venetian settlements
Try our venice lagoon tour and visit the three most famous islands of Venice. Murano Burano and Torcello. Departure is from Riva degli Schiavoni, a few minutes walk from st mark square and the doges palace or Fondamenta Santa Lucia close to Piazzale Roma and the Train station. The tour leaves every day for the islands of the lagoon with this longer than average boat trip longer. This gives you more time to enjoy in-depth visits to the three major islands of Venice. An opportunity for a more relaxed visit at an excellent rate of 20 euros per person, with discounts for children.
Venice lagoon Tour: discover the pearls of the lagoon
Journey through history of the lagoon with our guided tour through these unique islands, their environments and traditions. From the Murano glass to the Buranese lace, to the legends of Torcello, you will learn about Venice through the geography of the lagoon, as you take this exciting journey on its waters. The islands of Murano Burano and Torcello are certainly worth a visit day and this tour is excellent value for money.
VENICE LAGOON TOUR: PROGRAMME
9.30am pick up from Fondamenta Santa Lucia, in front of KFC restaurant
9.40am pick up with a guide from the Vittorio Emanuele Monument of Riva degli Schiavoni
10.00 am boarding in Cornoldi for the island of Murano, stop of 1 h 30 min. about, visit in a glass shop
12.00pm departure from Murano to Burano, stop about 2 hours (time for lunch) 14.30pm departure for Torcello – stop of 1 hour about h.
15.45 pm departure for San Marco (Cornoldi).
Return scheduled for 4.30 pm
Venice lagoon Tour – when can you go?
The tour starts in April from 01/04/2019 to 03/11/2019.
Everyday the GUARANTEED DEPARTURE, unless the weather prevents it. In this case the ticket for the excursion is refunded or the reservation is moved to another date.
Islands of Venice from Piazza San Marco: point of embarkation
There are two meeting point for the tour of Murano, Burano and Torcello:
in Riva degli Schiavoni at the equestrian monument to Vittorio Emanuele. Recognizing it is easy: from Piazza San Marco, leave the Ducal Palace on your left and walk along the splendid Riva degli Schiavoni, with its breathtaking view of the San Marco Basin. From here you will have to walk about 250 meters (3 minutes) passing two bridges. From the top of the second bridge you will see the monument. You can also take a look at the ACTV stops you will see on your right: the equestrian monument is located between the “C” and “B” landing point of San Zaccaria. Finally, you can orient yourself by the hotels that overlook Riva degli Schiavoni: look at the facades and stop at the Hotel Londra Palace.
in Fondamenta Santa Lucia: Coming from Piazzale Roma just cross the Calatrava Bridge, the bridge with glass steps and red balustrade, which connects Piazzale Roma to the train station. Once off the bridge, turn left and you will find the KFC. In front of it, in Fondamenta Santa Lucia (then the side of the restaurant that overlooks the water channel). This point is very easy to reach also from the Train Station: you will find all the information in the ticket at the time of purchase!
What to see in Murano, Burano and Torcello
Island by island, let’s see in detail what to see in Murano, Burano and Torcello Murano known as the capital of glass, has seen here arise one of the oldest known glass districts. It has already been traced from the thirteenth century, when the Serenissima decided to transfer the glass production on the island to avert the danger of fires in Venice. During a visit to Murano it is therefore ideal to enter the glass furnaces and see the master glassmakers at work. During the tour you will witness a demonstration of Murano glass blowing and you will discover all the peculiarities of this unique product in the world. Leaving the furnace, we suggest you reach the center of the island and the beautiful Basilica of Saints Mary and Donato. In your walk it is likely that you will also cross the romantic Lampioni innamorati, a mecca of lovers of the island.
Burano is instead known for its colored houses and exceptional lace, which was once a commodity worthy of kings and today it is almost no longer produced just because of the out-of-scale costs. However, you will find some lace makers at the end of lace making at some point of sale on the island and it is certainly worthwhile to deepen the history of Burano lace by visiting the Lace Museum. Thanks to the two-hour stop in Burano you will be able to immerse yourself in its rainbow of colors without haste. A point of interest for the visit is also the Church of San Martino, where the relics of Santa Barbara are kept.
Finally, Torcello, the oldest of the Venetian settlements and the ancient fulcrum of Venetian “civilization” in the lagoon, before the rise of Venice. In Torcello, a small green island inhabited by only 12 people, it is worth visiting the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, built in the twelfth century, with its splendid Byzantine mosaics. Not far away are the Church of Santa Fosca and the legendary Throne of Attila.
*** Are you interested in other boat tours in the lagoon? Here are many ideas:
Murano, Burano: all the tours planned to visit them together
Bragozzo: go up on board the most typical of Venetian boats
Venetian lagoon: personalized excursions on ecological boats
Torcello: what to see in the first ever island of Venice
Sant’Erasmo Venice: the lagoon vegetable garden, an immense green garden among the waters
ADULTS: € 20,00
CHILDREN: (4 – 12 years) € 10,00
BABY: (0 – 3 years) FREE
Everyday at 9.40am. The tour starts in April from 01/04/2019 to 03/11
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Boat trip lasting about 6 hours and 30 minutes, with stops in the main islands of Venice
A guide on board the boat, who speaks Italian, German, English, French and Spanish.
Visit a glass factory in Murano and see the demonstration of a master glassmaker.
In Torcello the entrance to the Basilica is not included, the entrance costs € 5.00 per person.
The duration of the tour is longer than average! The 7 hours allow you to enjoy a good lunch in Burano or spend time to visit the island in depth.
In case of cancellation and NO-SHOW (i.e. no show at the time and place indicated for boarding) there is no refund. With a minimum of 24 hours notice the date of use of the ticket can be postponed to another date. In case of bad weather or exceptions that do not allow the tour, the experience will be postponed or refunded 100% at the discretion of the user.
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