Escape the crowds of Venice
Escape the crowds of Venice and unwind on this half-day adventure where we mix entertainment and expert commentary with plenty of free time for you to enjoy as you please. The tiny islands of Murano and Burano offer a rare glimpse into what Venice used to be – an island of traditional artisans where skills have been passed down from one generation to the next for centuries. So close, yet worlds away from crowded St. Mark’s Square.
Live, Glass Blowing Demo
Our tour starts with a short, comfortable boat ride to Murano where we’ll get the full island experience. Gain an appreciation for the ancient art of glassblowing when you watch a live demonstration, before getting down to the serious business of shopping. We take no commission so you can use our operator discounts, shop elsewhere or don’t shop at all. Not interested in shopping? Take some time to wander the streets of Murano or try local specialties – what youdo today is up to you.
Small Town Charm
Our next stop is tiny Burano, famous for its lacemaking and for the colorful houses crammed along its canals (so painted by fishermen who wanted to spot home from a distance). We’ll start our visit in a small building where women sit stitching lace the old-fashioned way, just as their mothers and grandmothers did before them. After this introduction to the island, take your time to admire delicate lace in the museum, shop for keepsakes or wind your way along the kaleidoscopic streets. Be sure to bring your camera – Burano is by far the most photogenic spot in Venice.
In both Murano and Burano we’ll leave you plenty of free time for exploring the islands on your own and for browsing local shops – a welcome break from busy Venice.