Explore Murano, Famous for its Glass Making Factories
You will begin your tour on a Grand Tourism motorboat with a guide. As you start moving away from the harbor you will sail past the island of San Giorgio Maggiore and view the tip of Lido Island. Your first stop is the Murano Island, world-renowned for its glass. Venetian glass is known for its high quality and exquisite craftsmanship. The tour will stop at a glass manufacturing factory to view the glass making process. Murano also sports stunning Gothic architecture that is displayed in the Palazzo da Mula, Santa Maria e Donato’s Cathedral and the eccentric Murano lighthouse that is made of Istrian stone.
Discover Burano, Full of Colorful Fishermen’s Houses
You will then head to the colorful island of Burano. Legends say that the fishermen of yore looked out from the sea towards the colorful houses and sought their way home! Today, the tradition of painting houses in an array of colors continues and makes for a picturesque view. As you draw near the island, the pop of color is amazing; Burano is definitely one of the most vibrant places on Earth! Every nook and corner is picture perfect and you will want to take several photographs of this place. The island is also popular for Burano Lace which is still crafted by the ladies of Burano. You can soak in the culture of the town in a walk through the Galuppi Square and watch the buzz of the island!
Check Out Some of the Oldest Islands in the Lagoon at Torcello
The next and last stop on the tour is at Torcello. As you get down from your boat you will notice that time almost seems to come at a standstill on the island. Going back centuries, its architecture is still the same. You will get to admire the exteriors and architecture of the Basilica of Torcello. Though admission for the Basilica is not included in this tour, you may purchase it separately should you wish to enter and see Byzantine mosaics and its secret crypt and sacristy that the Basilica is famous for. You will then return back to Venice and the humdrum of the busy city bringing with you the ancient memories of the Venetian Islands.
Enjoy Expert Commentary from a Local Guide
Hear fascinating stories of the Venetian Lagoon and its islands from your expert guide. Almost two millennia ago, in 453, the Huns drove out the inhabitants of Altino towards the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello in the Venetian Lagoon. Here the islands prospered, each developing its own unique character which you will have gotten to see by the end of this special half day outing.