Islands of the lagoon: Murano, Burano and Torcello

Murano, Burano and Torcello: the pearls of the lagoon. An itinerary to discover the fascination of these three islands and their art, nature and ancient traditions.

The Murano, Burano and Torcello island tour departs from the Tronchetto passenger terminal (possible departures from Punta Sabbioni, Venice Port or St. Mark’s), where passengers are welcomed aboard by our staff.

The island of Murano, our tour’s first stop, is famous all over the world for its traditional glass artisanship.  Here the group will visit a glass factory and will be able to witness firsthand the various glass production phases.
The stop in Murano will be around 40 minutes. The tour then continues to the island of Burano.

The island of Burano is a small and lively fishing centre. With its typical coloured houses, sheets drying in the wind and boats moored along the canals, it will immediately transport the tourist into its characteristic evocative atmosphere.
Burano is mainly known for its traditional lace and bobbin lace workmanship, with a museum also dedicated to this art form.
Burano lace is a highly valued craft product; in particular the punto in aria (typical Burano needle lace), is an embroidery lace that was in demand from the 16th Century.
On the island, one can visit a lace workshop or buy a souvenir in one of the shops.
The stop here will also be around 40 minutes.

The excursion then continues towards the island of Torcello, the oldest lagoon settlement. The Roman population of the Veneto mainland escaping from the advance of the Huns and Longobards sought refuge in this lagoon island.
In 638 the Bishop of Altinum moved his seat to the island and from that point on the island experienced its greatest period of economic and social development.
The atmosphere of the island today is very different from that of the past; almost totally uninhabited it offers a rustic and tranquil but nonetheless fascinating atmosphere.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta) with its interior decorated in fine marble and Byzantine mosaics, is the oldest lagoon basilica.
Its bell tower offers a perfect view panorama of the surrounding countryside.
The Palazzo del Consiglio and the Palazzo dell’Archivio house the Estaury Museum (Museo dell’Estuario), with its important medieval archaeology section. Torcello is in fact one of the most prestigious Italian centres of medieval archaeology.
The inquisitive visitor can cross the Devil’s Bridge (Ponte del Diavolo) so called because an ancient story recounts that here at night, every 24th December, the devil appears in the guise of a black cat.
The stop here will also be around 40 minutes.
At the end of the island visit, we return to the embarkation point.