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Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

1. Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

Spend some time on the most famous Venetian islands, known throughout the world for their picturesque scenery, craft traditions, and unique history. See the glass factory of Murano, lace shop on Burano, as you visit 3 different islands. Depart from near Saint Mark’s Square or Santa Lucia Train Station, and take an enjoyable trip across Saint Mark’s Basin. On the boat, a live guide will illustrate the history of the lagoon and the three islands you will visit.  Your first stop will be the island of Murano. Sometimes referred to as the “Island of the Glass,” you will visit one of its famous glass factories and see the glass being manufactured and blown. Afterward head to Torcello, the most ancient of the inhabited islands. Continue to Burano, admiring the natural environment and the minor islands spread all around you. Enjoy some free time in Burano, a typical fishing island with colorful contrasts and chocolate-box painted houses. Look out, too, for much evidence of its renowned lace making and embroidery industry and try some of Burano’s notable homemade cakes. Please note that once on the ground, this is not a guided tour. The guide will escort you to the glass factory in Murano and the lace shop in Burano. Afterward, you will have time to explore each island on your own.

Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Multilingual Boat Tour

2. Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Multilingual Boat Tour

Departing from Venice, travel across the lagoon to visit the three islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano and Torcello. The excursion will start in St. Mark's Square area where you will board a panoramic boat and leave towards the northern part of the lagoon. Some explanations will be provided in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian during the boat trips. The first stop will be Murano Island, famous for its glass production and picturesque views. Here, have the chance to visit a glass factory and observe a local artist giving shape to a glass piece of art. Let yourself be amazed by Murano Island, but also remember to get back in time to the boat to leave for the next highlight. The next stop is Burano Island, famous for its colorful houses. Apart from being a paradise for photography lovers, it is home to a long tradition of lace production. Enough free time will be left to stroll around the island and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere that can still be found here. If you have chosen the option for the Three Islands, the next stop is Torcello, known as the Mother of Venice. You have the chance to visit the Basilica, which is one of the oldest in the Lagoon and holds some beautiful mosaics, or maybe visit the museum. If not you can just spend your time walking around this enchanting and very historical island.  With eyes full of beauty and camera cards full of memories to cherish, you will then catch your motorboat ride back to Venice.

Venice & Lagoon Islands: Hop-on Hop-off Boat Trip

3. Venice & Lagoon Islands: Hop-on Hop-off Boat Trip

Relax on a boat with large windows and open spaces, for your hop-on hop-off tours of Venice. Take the tour all in one go to get a good first overview of Venice, or stop off on the way where and for how long it suits you best From Santa Lucia Central Station, the boat will lead you to the very heart of Venice: the treasures of St. Mark's Square, and the island of Murano, where you will witness the art of glass-making. From Murano, head towards the islands of Burano, famous for its bright coloured houses and lace production, and Torcello, a little oasis of quiet in the middle of the lagoon. You can also go to Punta Sabbioni, or simply return to Santa Lucia Station, with one stop only at Zattere by the Canale della Giudecca, where you can learn the art of gondola-making. Download the 5 audio-guides with 7 different itineraries on/off board, to make the most of your visit. You can download audio-guides for free through our app. Off-line mode is also available.

Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Trip

4. Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Trip

Discover the most charming and famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon on this full-day excursion. Marvel at the beautiful surroundings of Venice and learn more about Venetian life and traditions. Start your journey in a comfortable motorboat leaving from the St. Mark's area, and move toward your first stop, the island of Murano. Stay for approximately 1.5 hours on the island and take your time to explore it on your own. Visit a glass factory and learn how glass masters create their masterpieces with a glass-blowing demonstration. Don't miss the massive Basilica of Santi Maria e Donato, one of the oldest Churches in the Venetian lagoon originally built in the 7th Century. Return to the motorboat and head to Burano Island. Immerse yourself in its quaint and colorful houses for around 1.5 hours. According to a local legend, Burano gets its rainbow appearance from the fishermen who painted their houses in bright colors to find their way home when returning from sea. The island is also known internationally for its rare artisan lace. Hop back on the motorboat, and ride to the last stop, Torcello, the first settlement in the Venetian Lagoon. During your 1-hour unguided stop, be sure to visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in 639. Take a selfie with Attila's Throne in the background, an ancient stone chair where chief magistrates were inaugurated, or go up the Bell Tower and take a beautiful picture of the surrounding area. At the end of the tour, ride back to the point of departure.

Venice: Panoramic Boat Tour to Murano, Burano, & Torcello

5. Venice: Panoramic Boat Tour to Murano, Burano, & Torcello

Discover some of the most famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon on this full-day boat tour. Travel with your guide through the canals of Venice on a panoramic vessel and witness the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Start your day of adventure boarding your comfortable panoramic boat as you set-off from St. Mark's. Take in the sights of this ancient city for around 30 minutes until you reach your first destination, Murano. Enjoy a glass-blowing demonstration with a glass master accompanied by a historical explanation of the craft. Be sure to stop by the souvenir store at the glass factory and enjoy a 20% discount on your purchases. Your scheduled time in Murano also includes free time to explore on your own. Leave Murano behind as you travel to the nearby island of Burano. Witness the quaint and colorful houses that dot the island and observe the lace makers at work. Become acquainted with their rare skill which is considered some of the finest worldwide. Stop for a bite to eat during your time in Burano and be sure to try some of the local biscotti that is native to the island. Travel to your final stop, Torcello. Enjoy a 1 hour visit to the island and visit historical landmarks such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Attila's Throne, the Devil's Bridge, and the Bell Tower. Finish your adventure with a 1 hour trip back to Venice taking in the breathtaking ambience of the Venetian lagoon.

Punta Sabbioni: Murano, Burano & Torcello Guided Boat Tour

6. Punta Sabbioni: Murano, Burano & Torcello Guided Boat Tour

An assistant will be waiting for you at the meeting point 10 minutes before the departure. Quick check-in and we let you in on board! The boat departs from Punta Sabbioni at 10:30. Passing through the Lagoon of Venice arrives in Murano - the world's most famous glass island around 11:40. Here is a visit to one of the glass factories for the glass demonstration (you can see how they do it right in front of your eyes!) and free time - approximately 1 hour stay on the island for some pictures and shopping in one of many glass shops. Departure at 12:45 for Burano, famous for its lace and brightly colored houses - arrival at 13:20. The guide brings you to the heart of the town and leaves about 1 hour to enjoy the most colorful and vibrant island in the area. Here you can have a seat and enjoy some typical Venetian aperitifs or ice cream in one of many small restaurants and coffees on the island! At 15:15 departure from Burano to Torcello the first center of civilization in the estuary - arrival at 15:30. Departure time from Torcello to Punta Sabbioni at 16:30. During the excursion you may admire the northern part of the Lagoon from the panoramic terrace on the boat, listen to the interesting commentary of the guide, assist a glass production in Murano, enjoy some typical Italian food in Burano and admire the amazing archaeological works in Torcello - is there any better way to experience the islands of Venice?

From Jesolo: Day Trip to Murano, Burano, and Torcello

7. From Jesolo: Day Trip to Murano, Burano, and Torcello

Escape the crowds in Venice and hop on a boat bound for the three most famous Venetian islands: Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Set sail from Punta Sabbioni and make a quick stop in Venice to pickup other tour participants before heading to Murano. Enjoy the beautiful views of the lagoon and its scattered islands while learning about the history of Venice and the islands you will visit from your expert guide. Once in Murano, you'll have an hour to explore the island, world-famous for its long tradition of glass-making. Choose to attend a 15-minute demonstration by a master glassmaker and pick up some local glass handicrafts or visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria and Donato and wander the town's quaint streets. Move on to Burano where you will have about two hours to take in views of the island's famous colored houses. Peruse the shops selling renowned Burano lace and visit workshops where it is common to see women intent on embroidering various lace products. Enjoy the mesmerizing backdrop of vividly colored houses, flowered balconies, fishermen coming and going in their boats, and the leaning bell tower. Eat lunch wherever you choose or get tips from your local guide on the best spots for different budgets. Finally, make an hour-long stop at Torcello. Once the most populated island in the Republic of Venice and the trading center of the city, Torcello was gradually abandoned over the centuries and today has just over 10 inhabitants. Enjoy the sleepy, bucolic setting of this ideal island getaway from the hustle and bustle of Venice. Check out the Cathedral of Santa Maria dell'Assunta, the Devil's Bridge, the Church of Santa Fosca, and the ancient stone chair called Attila's Throne.

Islands of Venice Tour: Murano, Burano, and Torcello

8. Islands of Venice Tour: Murano, Burano, and Torcello

Climb aboard a gran turismo boat for a half-day tour of the islands of the Venetian Lagoon. Your excursion starts from the waterfront of St. Mark’s, and circumnavigates the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore and the Lido. Continue to the enchanting islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello in the heart of the northern lagoon, and discover a more authentic side to Venice. After sailing past San Giorgio Maggiore, the public gardens, and the tip of Sant'Elena, arrive at Murano, known throughout the world for its glass manufacturing industry. Enjoy a 75-minute visit to one of the glass factories. Next, go to the picturesque island of Burano, famous for its lace and fishermen's houses painted in bright colors. Disembark the boat for a 75-minute stroll along the side of canals, before traveling on to Torcello. Here, you will be at the site of the earliest center of civilization in the estuary. The cathedral, with its magnificent mosaics, and the church of Santa Fosca remain as testimony of its former glory.

Murano, Burano, and Torcello Trip by Motorboat

9. Murano, Burano, and Torcello Trip by Motorboat

Discover the artistic heart of Venice on an unforgettable cruise by motorboat. Get stunning views of the lagoon from the panoramic boat as you cruise towards the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Enjoy an audio guide with a digital map to discover the history and legends of the 3 islands by your self, and take marvelous pictures of Venice and its lagoon. See the 16th-century Benedictine monastery on San Giorgio Maggiore and pass the famous Venice Lido before arriving at Murano. Visit one of the glass-blowing factories of its glass manufacturing industry, known throughout the world for its refined techniques and use of color.  Continue to the neighboring island of Burano and admire the brightly painted fishermen’s houses. See some of the lace products made on the island, and then sail to the sparsely populated island of Torcello, where the estuary was first settled in 452 AD. Admire the mosaics of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, and see the adjacent Church of Santa Fosca as the only reminders of the island glorious past.

Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

10. Venetian Lagoon Tour: Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello

Visit the most beautiful islands in the Venetian Lagoon on this 4.5 or 6-hour afternoon trip. Stop at the island of Murano, home to world-renowned glassblowers, Burano, known for its lace production and the ancient settlement of Torcello. Stop at Murano and see a demonstration by a glass-blowing master. The tradition of glassblowing has been passed down generations of Murano residents. Continue to Torcello and see the central square, the Church of Santa Fosca, Ponte del Diavolo and other interesting sites. The last visit will be to Burano. The island is world-known for its hand-made lace but also for its small, brightly painted houses that are popular with artists.  Your tour ends back in Saint Mark’s Square. If you want, you can stay on board and be taken directly to the train station for an additional cost - just ask your tour guide.

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What people are saying about Torcello

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4.1 / 5

based on 13,993 reviews

Fantastic Day! The best way to see the outer islands and part of Venice from the water. You can also get off and visit several islands at your own pace. Professional staff, clean and spacious boats and the best value for money. We highly recommend!

Really enjoyed the day great commentary on the boat going from s. Marks Square , really pleasant trip plenty of time to explore the islands A++++++++

Very good excursion which allows you to discover the three islands with a stop of about 1h30 in each of them.

Great guide with wit and charm. Times for stay sufficient. Glass factory on Murano absolutely worth seeing.

Very enjoyable way to tour the islands of Venice, and to see the city from the water.