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Half day Trip to Murano, Burano and Torcello

Very close to Venice are the three most famous islands in the Venetian lagoon. As if they were triplets, side by side, each of these islands has its own personality and they have become three Italian gems that attract millions of visitors each year.

  • Discover the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Donato in Murano from Venice
    Discover the Basilica of Santa Maria and San Donato in Murano from Venice
  • Enjoy your trip from Venice to Murano, Burano and Torcello with Buendía Tours
    Enjoy your trip from Venice to Murano, Burano and Torcello with Buendía Tours
  • Burano is an urban rainbow that will delight your senses
    Burano is an urban rainbow that will delight your senses
  • Torcello Cathedral, an example of Byzantine-Venetian architecture that you will visit during this trip
    Torcello Cathedral, an example of Byzantine-Venetian architecture that you will visit during this trip
  • If you are interested in architecture, Murano will be a delight to visit!
    If you are interested in architecture, Murano will be a delight to visit!
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About Half day Trip to Murano, Burano and Torcello Intro

Discover the history of Burano, Murano and Torcello and their typical crafts, enjoying a half-day tour through the three islands. Embark on this Venetian adventure with Buendía Tours to become fascinated with the glass-blower trade in Murano, feel the glorious past of Torcello, and admire and photograph the picturesque fishermen's houses in Burano.

During the entire tour, we will have a guide who, onboard, will explain everything you need to know about Murano, Burano and Torcello. In addition, on each of the islands there will be free time to wander and discover its most charming corners.

Murano, Burano and Torcello: a bit of history

Each of these islands has its own character as a result of its history and crafts. In the case of Murano, the art of glass molding has its origins in the 8th century. In Burano, however, it was not until the 16th century that the lace produced on this island became famous throughout Europe. The first lace artisan school was founded in 1872.

About Torcello, it is important to know that it was one of the first islands in the Venetian lagoon to be populated. The Venetians took refuge on this island, fleeing from the barbarian invasions. Long controlled by the Byzantines, decay came to the island during the 12th century due to the increase of swamps and the arrival of malaria. The population then decided to leave.

Itinerary Itinerary

Our tour of the famous islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello lasts four hours, enough time to discover how picturesque and colorful these three islands are.

Murano

After embarking in Venice for this trip, we will head towards the island of Murano. As we said, it is famous for the art of glass-blowing. In fact, this city has been the engine of the glass industry in Venice for centuries. This has been possible thanks to a tradition that has passed from one generation to another, from father to son.

During the visit to Murano we can see how a master blower works glass. This is a unique and different demonstration to see how the artisans model and shape glass with such detail and ease, creating authentic works of art in glass. In your free time around the island, we recommend you discover the different glass shops and the Church of San Donato.

Burano

The second island that we will visit during this excursion is Burano, famous for its handmade lace and for the incredible beauty of its colorful and cheerful facades. For all these reasons, it is considered the most picturesque of the three islands, undoubtedly a perfect place to take beautiful photos that will make you remember your trip to Venice fondly.

According to legend, Burano became so colorful so that, thanks to the bright and clear colors, it was easier for the island's fishermen to find their way back home without problems, especially on gray foggy days.

During your free time in Burano we recommend you stroll around the canals and through the streets with colorful houses. Also, don't forget to visit the only church on the island, with a bell tower that will remind you of the Tower of Pisa because it also has a strong incline caused by the subsoil foundations having given way due to water.

Torcello

The final stretch of the trip begins with a visit to the island of Torcello to discover its streets and the 7th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria Dell'Assunta. In this cathedral, we will be able to see some spectacular Byzantine mosaics.

By the way, there is a historical character for whom Torcello was also a spectacular and unique place in the world: the American poet Ernest Hemingway, who visited the island on several occasions. It gave him the necessary inspiration to write Across the River and into the Trees. Although Torcello was one of the first islands around Venice to be populated in ancient times, today fewer than 20 people live there.

The Murano, Burano and Torcello Tour from Venice is a shared tour, not by boat or private tour. In addition, it is not a detailed guided tour but will be assisted in several languages ​​and during the journey explanations about the islands will be provided in five languages: English, German, Spanish, French and Italian.

We at Buendía Tours are completely in love with Venice and its surrounding islands, and we want you to fall in love with them as well. That is why we have planned a complete list of activities and trips that will make your holidays in Venice all the more enjoyable. We hope you have a fabulous stay in Venice!

Meeting Point

Riva degli Schiavoni, on the corner of Carrer degli Albanesi, opposite the Danieli Excelsior hotel.

Address: Riva degli Schiavoni, 4192, 30122 Venezia VE, Italia

  • Riva degli Schiavoni, 4209
    • Riva degli Schiavoni, 4209, 30122 Venezia VE, Italia

Details

  • Availability

    • 14:00 h - Every day
  • Duration

    • 4h30 min approx
  • Included

    • Acompañante 
    • Boat Round trip
    • Visit to a glass factory in Murano

    • Multilingual guide on board

  • Price

    • General: 20 €
    • Between 3 and 5 years: 10 €
    • Under 2 years: Free
  • Cancellation policy

    • Free up to 48 hours before the start of the trip

  • Language

    • The guide will give the explanations on board in several languages
  • Covid 19 Travel Health

    The service complies with local regulations and the necessary hygiene measures to avoid infections related to the coronavirus