Explore Murano, the Island of Glass & Colour: Private Tour by Boat

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  • 2 hr

Cross the Venetian Lagoon in a private boat to Murano and enjoy a glassblowing demonstration in the oldest workshop in Venice and an exclusive tour of its glass exhibits, usually closed to the public.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Travel Curious

Experience the iconic archipelago of Muranoworld-famous for its glassmaking, by private water taxi. 

On your private tour you will:

  • Enjoy the personal attention of your private guide with pick up and drop off at the location of your choice in central Venice;
  • Travel by luxury Venetian motorboat, the most comfortable and coolest way to reach the island of Murano;
  • Learn why Murano is the centre for glassmaking in Venice and Europe;
  • Visit Murano's oldest glassmaking factory, famous for its expertise in the working of Venetian Chandeliers exhibited in acclaimed museums all over the world; 
  • See firsthand a glass-making demonstration by the Master glassblower himself or one of his trusted assistants;
  • Visit an exclusive exhibition normally closed to the public, and meet  a world-acclaimed Master glassblower;
  • Travel like a local, and enjoy a luxury boat ride through the Venetian Lagoon with stunning panoramic views.

The Venetian Lagoon has many islands, each with its own character and heritage. Foremost among these is the archipelago of Murano, with its many bridges connecting the islands, which provides a respite from the touristy bustle of the historic city. Murano has been the centre of glassmaking in the region since 1291. 

Your tour guide will take you via private water taxi across the stunning Venetian Lagoon to Murano. On arrival, you'll walk the colourful streets and enjoy many photo opportunities before enjoying an exclusive visit to the oldest family-run glass workshop, not usually open to the public. 

Here you'll meet the master glassblower and his team who will give you a private demonstration in which you'll see how they twist the molten glass to make different shapes and items. If you are lucky, you will also see them colouring the glass. A very special part of the tour includes a private viewing of the world-famous Maestro Fabio Fornasier's exhibition, not open to the general public.

Throughout the experience, your guide will explain the history and secrets of the profession, how glassblowing shaped the fabric of Murano’s society and odd little facts such as why the glassblowers used to be immune from prosecution. 

Tour duration
2 hours

Type of tour
Walking tour: including a private roundtrip boat ride to and from Murano

Tickets included
- English Speaking Guide
- Exclusive Glass Blowing Demonstration in Murano
- Hotel pick-up & drop-off from central Venice

Other inclusions
  • - Gratuities optional
  • - Food and drinks are not included

Suitable for
Couples, Culture Vulture, Friends, Nature & Outdoors

Attractions along this route:

Known for its people's mastery in the art of shaping glass, this island is a top attraction of the Venetian Lagoon.

Glassmaking Factory
Watch artisans make chandeliers, vases, statues and other beautiful objects.

Venetian Lagoon
The Laguna Veneta is the heartbeat of the city and is best experienced in the early morning before tourists descend.
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