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Venice Islands
Venice is made up of over 100 small islands, but generally “the Venice islands” refers to the three most famous outlying islands in the Venetian lagoon: Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Murano, just north of Venice proper, has been the center of Venice’s famous glass-making industry since 1291, and the island’s expert glassblowers still handcraft stunning pieces of Murano glass today. Farther north, Burano has quiet canals lined with brightly painted fishermen’s houses and is home to Venice’s traditional lace artisans. Its neighboring island of Torcello, first settled in 452, is believed to be the first populated island in the Venetian lagoon.

The Basics
The only way to visit Venice’s islands is by boat. By far the best option for avoiding the hassle and delays of the vaporettos (ferries) is booking a private motorboat tour. Tours enable you to make the most of your time on each island—visiting the glass factories on Murano, lace-making demonstrations on Burano, and the historic sights on Torcello—without having to navigate the complicated and crowded interisland public transportation system. Choose a half-day sightseeing tour if you are pressed for time, or a more leisurely full-day Venice cruise to explore the Grand Canal and lagoon islands at a more relaxed pace.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Be sure to bring your camera to capture the picturesque glassblowing demonstrations on Murano and traditional lace-making on Burano.
  • Murano glass and Burano lace are famous for their impeccable quality—and prices reflect that. Be wary of glass or lace shops that advertise “bargain” prices, which often means low-quality goods imported from outside Italy.
  • Murano’s glass shops are known for their hard-sell techniques, so always book your Venice islands tour through a reputable company to avoid unpleasant strong-arming tactics.

How to Get There
From St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), take vaporetto 4.1 from the San Zaccaria stop, or a private water taxi from the Grand Canal boat launch near the Doge’s Palace, to Murano. From there, local water buses or taxis run to Burano and Torcello.

When to Get There
The Venice islands are most crowded in summer. The crowds thin considerably from November through February, though chilly temperatures can mean a less pleasant boat trip across the lagoon.

Torcello in Literature
Over the decades, a number of famous artists, musicians, and Hollywood stars have spent time on the quiet island of Torcello. Ernest Hemingway, for one, wrote parts of “Across the River and into the Trees” during his stay on the island in 1948.
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Is Venice sinking? Walk in Venice with a Nature and Interpretive Guide

Is Venice sinking? Walk in Venice with a Nature and Interpretive Guide

You may have heard that Venice is sinking but that’s not quite accurate. Learn more how extraordinary is life in city built on a lagoon and how it is at the same time extraordinarily fragile. The beauty and uniqueness of Venice, a cultural and natural asset of exceptional value is due not only to its immense cultural heritage but also to the natural ecosystem on which the city was built: the Venetian lagoon. Learn more about this fragile environment, how it was created thousands years ago, how the Republic of Venice adapted it for its purposes over the centuries and which are the challenges Venice will have to face in the very next future. Understand how Acqua Alta flooding has impacted in Venice in the past and why they are threatening the city in the future, learn what is the Mo.SE., the controversial mobile flood barrier project and take action for preserving the future as a responsible and sustainable city's visitor.
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Murano Tour - Panoramic cruise and visit to the island of Murano

Murano Tour - Panoramic cruise and visit to the island of Murano

A panoramic cruise of the Venice Lagoon and Islands with a stop and visit to the wonderful Murano. You will discover the hidden wonders in the Venetian Lagoon by sailing inside. You can admire views that are unique in the world, from Piazza San Marco to the coast of the Lido of Venice. A one-of-a-kind panoramic cruise in Venice. In Murano the cruise includes a stop of 1 hour and 30 minutes with a free guided tour of an artistic glass furnace. You will be able to closely observe a master glassmaker at work! You will also have plenty of time to visit the rest of the island. The total duration of the cruise is 3 hours. The Barracuda motor ship and the brand new Barracuda 58 'are double-decker boats with an open upper deck. Panoramic and silent motorboats that allow you to enjoy the maximum relaxation and safety of the spectacle offered by the Lagoon and the Islands of Venice. They are ideal for this type of cruise.
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Panoramic Lagoon Tour: Venice Lagoon and Islands Panoramic Cruise

Panoramic Lagoon Tour: Venice Lagoon and Islands Panoramic Cruise

A panoramic cruise to discover the lagoon and islands of Venice. History, views and a lot of magic to be experienced firsthand by sailing on a motor ship inside the famous and unique Venice Lagoon. Splendid breathtaking views from the most unique and exceptional point of view there is, the boat! The panoramic cruise of the Venice Lagoon and Islands does not include stops and lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes. We offer our thirty years of experience to make you experience Venice in an exclusive and fascinating way. The Barracuda motor ship and the brand new Barracuda 58 'are double-decker boats with an open upper deck. Panoramic and silent motorboats that allow you to enjoy the maximum relaxation and safety of the spectacle offered by the Lagoon and the Islands of Venice. They are ideal for this type of cruise.
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Private Kayak Tour in the Venetian Lagoon

Private Kayak Tour in the Venetian Lagoon

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Thousands of tourists visit Venice and its islands every day. We will go where mass tourism has not yet managed to arrive, if you are looking for a slow tourism this tour is the one for you. You can enjoy the silence where nothing or no one passes. A tour inside the heart of the lagoon to discover its origins.
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Venice 'Inferno' Private Tour

Venice 'Inferno' Private Tour

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Follow the trail of Robert Langdon and Sienna Brooks on a private tour through the mysteries of Venice as featured in Dan Brown’s bestselling book ‘Inferno.’ Wander through quiet backstreets, look for symbols inside ancient churches, and uncover the dark side of Venice inside its crypts and prisons. Continue the quest for answers on a boat ride across the Venetian Lagoon to the cemeteries of San Michele and through the Venetian Arsenal to search for Dante’s inscriptions on this captivating treasure hunt through the city’s history.
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Afternoon Lagoon Tour Murano, Burano, and Torcello

Afternoon Lagoon Tour Murano, Burano, and Torcello

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Venture beyond the best-known attractions of Venice to explore the treasures of neighboring islands on this afternoon boat tour. Watch a glass-blowing demonstration at a workshop in Murano, admire Burano’s leaning tower and brightly painted fishermen’s homes, and set foot on the oldest settlement in the Venetian Lagoon in Torcello. Enjoy guided commentary plus time to explore each island independently, and still be back in St. Mark’s Square in time for dinner.
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Luxury Murano & Burano Boat Tour

Luxury Murano & Burano Boat Tour

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The best experience to learn about the old arts of Venice lagoon islands: Murano and Burano. With a private boat from Venice, directly to the oldest original Murano Glass Factory, where a Master glassblower and his team are working daily, following the tradition of centuries ago. From Murano, crossing the lagoon, we’ll reach Burano island, famous for its lace work and the colourful atmosphere. Walking by picturesque houses, enjoying the typical “bussolai” (famous cookies of the island), feeling like a resident. Last but not least, an insightful guided visit into an historical hand-made lace workshop. Then back to Venice by private boat, for an outstanding view of the lagoon.
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Guided Tour of Murano, Burano & Torcello Islands around Venice with Private Boat

Guided Tour of Murano, Burano & Torcello Islands around Venice with Private Boat

Plunge yourself  into the fabulous reality of the Venetian lagoon. Let yourself be transported by a private boat through the islands! Discovering Venice by sea is an unforgettable experience and while sailing along the coast you can admire all the islands of the lagoon, enjoying wonderful views that no other city could offer.  This 6-hour private boat tour through Murano, Burano and Torcello islands  is a little trip in  a world that seems like a movie where everything is magical, peaceful, calm and secret.
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Venice in 2 days tour including Gondola Ride and Islands Tour by Private Boat

Venice in 2 days tour including Gondola Ride and Islands Tour by Private Boat

A private 2-day tour to fully experience the City of Bridges, discovering its secrets and exploring it from every corner with a professional local guide, who will tell you about history, art, culture and architecture. With the skip-the-line access to Doge’s Palace and Basilic, you will not waste precious time to admire the beauties of these two majestic symbols of Venice. The first day, a 4.5 hour tour, includes the main highlights of the City as the Rialto Bridge, Doge's palace, Basilic and much more.... What a better way to end your first day in Venice with a romantic gondola ride through the Grand Canal! On your second day, you will have the privilege to admire Venice by sea with its three major islands of the Lagoon in a 6-hour boat tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello! Sailing with a private boat through the islands, it’s a unique emotion!
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Sunset boat tour with prosecco

Sunset boat tour with prosecco

A typical wood boat will sail along Venice and admire the city on the sunset Your captain Marco will show a unique Venice and with a glass of glass everything will be more fun Only 8 seats available on the boat
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Excursion îles de Murano et Burano

Excursion îles de Murano et Burano

Meet you local guide in Venice city center, then board a private boat and admire the lagoon of Venice. Stop in Murano island to see S. Maria and Donato Cathedral followed by an old glass factory visit. Afterwards stop in Burano island and explore the lace island
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