What to do in Venice? Join us for half-day trip to Murano and Burano. See where Murano glass and Burano lace are made. The best day trips from Venice.
• See the Murano glassblowers
• Glassblowing demonstration
• Visit the island of Burano
• Centuries-old tradition of lacemaking
Venice – Murano – Burano – Venice
Escape Venice’s crowds and chaos and glimpse what the town used to be-an island of craftsmen world-famous for their craft, where traditional abilities have been handed down for centuries from generation to generation. Join us on a half-day journey to these timeless islands, so near yet distant from crowded San Marco Square.
We will begin our trip with a brief and comfortable boat ride to Murano after meeting in a key place in Venice. There’s a lot to see on the manner and as you pass through them, your guide will maintain you entertained with a description of the attractions. It’s no moment until we’re off the ship again, taking our first steps on lovely Murano, a tiny, world-famous island with its glass. Murano glassblowers were once the only people in Europe who knew how to create a mirror and their skills were so valued that they were forbidden to leave Venice under threat of execution.
Since then, many things have altered, but the craft has remained the same as you will know after our first stop-the workshop of a glassblower.
Watch an artisan in action as he deals with his daily company, describing his process in English as he operates-what’s the color of the glass? How does glass turn into silica sand? Which portion of his work is the hardest? It’s a true workaday studio and our experience here will be as genuine as it gets. Then you’ll have time here to browse the enormous collection of glass art and wander the island alone. We don’t take commission because we’d rather pass on those savings to you, so shop here with a discount, anywhere else in the city or don’t shop at all – that’s your decision.
Then on the ship it’s back and off to our next stop, Burano. Burano’s small island is renowned for two reasons-for its buildings, closely packed along roads and canals, each is painted in a distinct color with laundry stretching across tight streets. Legend has it that fishermen began this trend, painting their homes in bright colors so that from a distance they could see their homes. But the biggest claim to fame by Burano is its centuries-old lacemaking tradition. Your guide will bring you through the streets and across Burano’s bridges to a tiny house where three females are sitting in a circle, stitching lace before them like their mothers and grandmothers.
Stay watching their painstaking job, listening to a complete commentary on what has become a dying art in the era of sewing machines, and then taking the moment to explore the intriguing museum behind them. He purchased an altarpiece for the brand fresh Duomo in Milan when Michelangelo visited Burano. You can take a leaf out of his book and pick up your own stuff or spend your free time winding your way through the kaleidoscopic streets, sampling delicious cookies in local bakeries.
While other tour operators are also visiting Torcello, we have deliberately omitted the third island from our trip to give you more time to discover Murano and Burano’s most memorable islands. Our selective island tour spends less time on the ship and less time on inland trekking, offering you more time to experience this beautiful corner of the globe at the right speed.
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