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    An Island in the Venetian Lagoon: Murano

An Island in the Venetian Lagoon: Murano

  • City: Venice
  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Take a 3-hour private excursion to the island of Murano where an expert local guide will introduce you to the delicate art of blown glass.


The ephemeral beauty of blown glass is a perfect metaphor for Venice and its lagoon. Experience the wonder of this delicate art with a guided visit to the island of Murano - for over seven centuries home to the glass making industry that was transferred here from Venice in 1291 as a precaution against fire.

The island is a 25-minute boat ride from Saint Mark's Square and boasts a miniature version of the Grand Canal lined on both sides with glass factories and shops. Watch the skilled artisans at work as they manipulate the molten glass into masterpieces of color and form; you will have the chance to question them about the age-old techniques of mouth blown and molded glass, as well as to purchase an exquisite example of their craft as a souvenir.

Next you will stroll around the island in the company of you guide, hearing tales about its history. Depending on your interests and the avaiable time, it is possible to visit the Museo Vetrario housed in the stately 17th century Palazzo Giustiniani [entry fee]; the 12th century church of Santa Maria e Donato where a lovely Byzantine mosaic of the Virgin Mary stands in solitary prayer against a gold background; or the church of San Pietro Martire that houses two splendid paintings by Giovanni Bellini and Veronese.

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Private Tour
# of People Price
1 person $416.00 per person
2 people $208.00 per person
3 people $140.00 per person
4 people $105.00 per person
5 people $88.00 per person
6 people $78.00 per person

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Additional Information

Private Transportation to Murano is included in the total price. In the company of your guide, to go back to Piazza San Marco, you will take the free shuttle service organized by the glass factory.

Entrance tickets to the Glass Museum are NOT included in the total price and must be paid on site. Approx. 8.50 euros per person.

Please note that glass production will not take place on weekends and will be suspended entirely from the end of July to the end of August. Therefore, visitors will only be shown a demonstration of the two main techniques.

Sites Included: Glassblower's Studio & Stroll around the island of Murano. Depending on your interests and the avaiable time, it is possible to visit the Museo Vetrario or the church of Santa Maria e Donato or the church of San Pietro Martire.

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Our tour guide for the trip to Murano was wonderful. She was thoroughly prepared, so knowledgable, patient and full of insights that only a local could provide. Our group was a family of four--myself, my husband, our 18 year old daughter and 10 year old son. Everyone got something out of it. I highly recommend the tour.

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