Excursion to the Venice Islands
1/2 DAY TOUR
Leave the crowds and chaos of Venice behind and see what the city used to be, on this half-day trip to the timeless Murano and Burano – two islands of artists world-famous for their craft, where traditional skills have been passed down from generation to generation.
In no time you’ll reach the beautiful Murano, world-famous for its glass. A long time ago Murano glassblowers were the only artisans in Europe who knew how to create a mirror, and their skills were so valued that they were banned from leaving the city of Venice under threat of execution. Centuries later, the craft has remained unchanged as you’ll understand during your visit to a glassblower’s workshop. Here, you’ll witness an authentic experience, as you’ll watch a craftsman working in his studio. Afterwards you will have time to browse the huge collection of glass art here and wander the island on your own.
Your trip by boat also includes a visit to the tiny island of Burano, famous for its houses, tightly nestled and centuries ago colorfully painted by their owners, so that they could distinguish them from a distance, once they were out at sea. But Burano is also famous for its centuries-old tradition of lacemaking. Out on the streets displaying laundry hanging out across balconies, meet the women stitching lace like their mothers and grandmothers before them. You can spend the rest of the time exploring the museum and strolling along the kaleidoscopic streets, sampling delicious breads and focaccias from the local bakeries.