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Murano Glassblowing & Burano Lace-making Excursion in Venice

Free cancellation
Duration: up to 5 hours
Language: English, German
Availability: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

Do this because

Visit the enchanting islands of Murano and Burano

Don't miss live demonstrations of glassblowing and lace making

Hear mesmerizing stories by your expert English-speaking guide

Learn more about the ancient Venetian art of glass blowing

What to expect

Get a glimpse of what Venice really used to be like. Escape the chaos of crowds of tourists and visit the island where a world-famous craft has been passed from generation to generation. This half day trip will take you to see the timeless islands of Murano and Burano. These islands are known all over the world for the ancient art of glass blowing.

Murano

The tour will start at your meeting point in central Venice followed by a short and comfortable boat ride to Murano. There is a lot to see along the way. Your expert English-speaking guide will keep you entertained with a description of the sites as you pass them. Before you know it you'll step off the boat and take your first steps on the beautiful and enchanting island of Murano. This small island is known all over the world for its beautiful art glass pieces. Once upon a time, Murano glassblowers were the only people in Europe who knew how to create a mirror. Their skills were so valued that they were banned from leaving the city of Venice under threat of execution. As laws and the city has changed since then, the craft has stayed the same. You will get a glimpse of this remarkable artistic skill at the tour’s first stop – a glassblower’s workshop.

Watch a craftsman in action as he goes about his daily business and listen to a description of the process as he works – what gives the glass its color? How does silica sand become glass? What is the hardest part of this job? This is the best way to experience an authentic working studio and get all your curiosities answered of this mystical art. You will have time to browse the collection of glass art and wander the island on your own. Feel free to browse the shops and purchase a souvenir (with a special discount) if you find something you like.

Burano

Then it is back on the boat and off to your next destination, Burano. The tiny island of Burano is famous for two reasons. The first is for its colorful houses that are huddled tightly together along streets and canals. Legend has it that fishermen started this trend of painting their houses in bright shades so that they could see their home from a distance. Burano’s major claim to fame is the centuries-old tradition of lacemaking.

Your guide will take you through the streets of Burano to a small building where women today still work feverishly as they stitch lace with the same method used by their mothers and grandmothers before them. Listen to a full commentary on the age of sewing machines and how it has become a dying art. Take time to explore the fascinating lace samples on display. When Michelangelo visited Burano he bought an altarpiece for the brand new Duomo in Milan. You can take a leaf from his book and pick out your own keepsakes or spend your free time winding your way along the kaleidoscopic streets, sampling delicious cookies in local bakeries.

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COVID-19 information

The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds

The experience complies with government regulations

Social distancing is enforced

Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected

Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors

All gear/equipment is sanitised between use

Visitors are required to bring and wear masks

Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks

Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors

Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test may be required, please confirm the local requirements before your visit

What’s included

Glassmaking demonstration at a factory in Murano

Lacemaking demonstration at a shop in Burano

Discount at the glassblowing and lace-making shop where the demonstrations are given (10%+ depending on the item)

Round-trip transportation by private boat

What’s not included

Entrance fees to the Burano Lace Museum

Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Gratuities

Location

Riva degli Schiavoni, 4183, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy

Meeting point:

At the statue of Vittorio Emanuele II on a horse in Riva degli Schiavoni (San Zaccaria vaporetto stop), in front of the lagoon.

When

  • This tour runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10.00am

Provider

City Wonders

Cancellation policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.

Important to know

  • Please note that you'll have to wear a face mask. Masks are not provided on site, so please bring your own
  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after this point cannot be accommodated, and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours
  • We recommend that customers who are not familiar with Venice give themselves ample time to find meeting points
  • It is recommended to wear a hat, sunscreen, and bring a bottle of water in warm weather
  • Groups at the demonstrations are no larger than 20 people