Enjoy a half-day cruise to the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello in the Venetian Lagoon.
Enjoy a half-day boat trip to the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello in the Venetian lagoon.
Hike across the vegetable island between fields, small canals, salt marshes, beach with a view of the large harbour entrance Lido.
With a tour guide on a vaporetto through the typical lagoon landscape with its shallow water zones, salt marshes and visits to 3 islands of your choice.
On a former Venetian fishing boat, into the hidden corners of the lagoon: reed beds, fishing grounds, shallow water zones, salt marshes and islands.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Venice and take a boat trip to the nearby islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello
Make an excursion to the island of Murano and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of glassblowing.
Take a collective boat trip from Venice to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Explore the pearls of the Venice lagoon.
Make an excursion to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, located in the Venetian lagoon not far from Venice
Go on a private excursion to Murano. During your stay you will visit a glassblowing factory and get to know the island
First time in Venice? With this offer you will receive the most important tickets and information for your trip to Venice in one complete package.
Take a special sightseeing boat trip around the lagoon to the islands
See how glass is formed into beautiful objects before your eyes
Combination ticket for glass museum and lace museum.
A day trip to 3 islands in the lagoon of Venice with local guide
The island of Murano is the main island of the archipelago in the lagoon of Venice. It is popular for excursions especially because of its glass manufactories. The arrival by boat is uncomplicated, but tours with local guides are also in demand. Our tips for the trip to Murano:
Murano is a small island in the Venetian lagoon and is especially famous for its glass craft. The best time for a trip from Venice is in the early morning hours. Because the famous glassblowing workshop is only open until 17.00 hours. Those who, besides visiting the glass factory, also want to wander through the many small alleys, see the old villas and small palaces, can spend a whole day in Murano. For the visit of the glassblowing factory you should start your trip to the very worth seeing island at noon at the latest.
To Murano you go with the water buses, the so-called Vaparettos. On a trip from Venice, two Vaparetto lines go to Murano. You start at the station Fondamente Nove. Lines 4.1 and 4.2 run regularly to Murano. The boat trip takes only a few minutes. You have the possibility to get off at the stations "Murano Colonna", "Faro", "Navagero" or "Museo". Use the Trip Planner" of the Venice Public Transport Actv to plan your trip to Murano on your own.
For the crossing to Murano from Venice you need a ticket for the Vaparettos. The cash desks of the water buses are usually located directly at the docking and departure points. A single ticket to Murano costs 7,50€ and is valid for 75 minutes. Since you will be spending more time on Murano, plan on spending €15.00 per person for return tickets for your trip to Murano. If you would like to use public transport within Venice or in neighbouring city areas, it is advisable to purchase a Venice Card, which allows you to use public transport in Venice free of charge.
The island Murano is much smaller than Venice. Only 5000 inhabitants live here. Nevertheless, there are many interesting sights here. The main attraction is the glass. Murano lives from glass production and tourism. Visitors can watch in the glassblowing workshops how the probably most beautiful glass in the world is produced. Visit the glass museum and buy some of the great Murano glass in one of the many manufactories on the island. Expect at least four hours on Murano.
The boat tour of Murano on your own works quite simply with the water buses. Those who book an excursion will already learn a lot of interesting things about the small islands in front of Venice during the boat tour. Visit a glassblowing studio on Murano with a guide and enjoy your free time on the neighbouring island of Burano. Try the excellent cake of the island. You have questions? Your guide will be able to answer them with certainty. By the way: the tour of the islands does not differ significantly in price from the tickets for the public crossing by boat.
If you would like to visit the most famous island for glass manufacture as well as the other interesting islands of Burano and Trocello, island shopping is worthwhile. On the tour you will experience the small islands in one go and also get the concentrated knowledge of an experienced guide. If you prefer to spend your time planning excursions instead of frittering it away on an exploratory tour, the guided tours and boat trips offered by local providers and guides are the right choice!
An excursion to the island of Murano alone would be worthwhile to escape the hustle and bustle and the crowds of Venice for a few hours, but the island in the Venetian lagoon landscape also harbours the secrets of the world-famous Murano glass. But what is it all about the centre of the glass production in Venice and why is Murano glass so expensive?
Murano was already inhabited during the Roman Empire. Initially, however, salt was mainly mined here. The secrets of glass production found their way from the Roman Empire via trade. However, after there had been several fires in Venice, all the glass furnaces were moved to the island of Murano in 1295. Experts believe, however, that the relocation took place primarily to preserve the secrets of the unique glass production.
The island of Murano is a literal "glass cage" for the local glassblowers and their families. In order to protect the secrets of Murano, all glass producers were forbidden to leave the island or to reveal their glass making secrets to outsiders. Offences were punishable by the death penalty. Nevertheless the glassmaker Giorgio Ballarin succeeded in getting some recipes from a local competitorhttps://www.rent-a-guide.de/admin/tagsen to steal. The thief thus became one of the most successful glassmakers of the Venetian lagoons.
Even today the original Murano glass is still very expensive, mainly due to the uniqueness of the glass production by true masters of their trade. Murano glass is still handcrafted and mouth-blown in small layers, as this is the only way to create the precise colours and incomparable shapes of the glass. By the way, real Murano glass is hardly visible to the naked eye. In any case, pay attention to the following features:
Small air bubbles in the glass
Pontil marking: Look for the small scar in the glass that is created when the glassblower breaks the pontil rod of the finished work.
Pay attention to the certificate of authenticity
Pay attention to the quality of the colours, because that is the great speciality of Murano glass
King Louis XIV once had the dream of a pompous hall of mirrors. Since the craft of Murano's master glassblowers included the production of unique mirrors, the French king tried for years to poach the glass producers. In the end, he even succeeded in doing so, so that his Hall of Mirrors was no longer in the way. The glass manufacturers settled mainly north of the Alps, so that Murano glass also came to Germany under the name "Glas à la façon de Venise" (Renaissance glass in Venetian style).