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Lagoon of Venice: Murano and Burano
A half-day excursion to the islands of Murano and Burano in Venice, including a visit to a glass-blowing factory.
- Explore the famous islands of Venice lagoon (Murano, Burano and Torcello) on a private comfortable motor boat.
- Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your expert English-speaking guide on this special private tour of Venice’s islands.
- Visit a glass-blowing factory to see how age-old techniques are used to create exquisite pieces of art.
- Visit the Museo Vetrario, one of the world’s largest Venetian glass collections, inside the impressive 17th-century Palazzo Giustinian.
- Take a boat ride to the neighboring island of Burano.
- Enjoy a complete tour of the island while soaking up the charm of this fishing town complete with nets and sail cloths, and learn about a tombolo, the local lace-making technique.
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Torcello, Burano, and Murano Tour by Private Boat
The ephemeral beauty of blown glass is a perfect reflection of the wonders of Venice and its lagoon. Experience this delicate art with a guided visit to the island of Murano – home to the exquisite glass-making industry since 1291. The island, a short vaporetto ride from Saint Mark’s Square, boasts its own miniature version of the Grand Canal flanked by glass factories and shops. On this Murano tour watch the skilled artisans manipulate the molten glass into masterpieces of color and form, ask them questions about the age-old techniques and purchase one of their creations to bring home. Next, visit Murano’s Museo Vetrario located inside the handsome 17th-century Palazzo Giustiniani, once residence of the Bishops of Torcello and now home to one of the world’s largest Venetian glass collections. Learn the history of glass making from Roman times to the present, illustrated by an array of pieces from dainty wine goblets to enormous, flower-festooned chandeliers.
The neighboring island of Burano is dedicated to more secular pursuits. Most of the island’s inhabitants are fishermen and many of their wives and daughters still make the lace for which Burano is famed. With its painted houses in shades of lemon, lilac, and tangerine, Burano has a more southern appearance than anywhere else on the lagoon and boasts all the charm of any comparable fishing town complete with nets and sailcloth. Enjoy a complete tour of the island while you learn about a tombolo the local lace-making technique.