The art of glass, the multi-colored fairy tale village and the devil's bridge island
Discover the secrets of Venetian Lagoon by private boat.
The islands of the northern lagoon were the first settlement chosen by the people living on the mainland even before Venice was founded.
Murano, is the first island visited during the tour. Originally known as a holiday resort for venetian noble families, Murano was chosen by the government in 1291 to be the place where to concentrate the glass blowing production to avoid the too many fires caused in town by the furnaces.
Burano is like a fairy tale village with its multi-colored houses. Being a fishermen island, houses were painted in unusual colors using the same color of the boats and fishermen could easily find the way back home in the mist of the lagoon. This island is very famous for the lace production and delicious local cookies!
Last island is the enchanting Torcello nowadays almost abandoned during the winter season but houses the most ancient church of the Venetian lagoon dating back to 639 AD.
The tour will start at your hotel or downtown in order to reach the nearest pier where the private water taxi can stop.
We will first visit the island of Murano, known all over the world for the glass blowing industry and we will watch a demonstration inside one of the few original factories still in activity
We will then move to the next island: Burano. Originally a fishermen's village, it is famous for the bright colors of its small houses and for lace production.
A short break for lunch (or to taste the yummy local cookies) will be given and then we will move on to the last island, Torcello, where ancient ruins of the Venetian civilization can be seen.
We will go back to Venice by private water taxi.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Hotels/apartments within the city of Venice
(not on the mainland) or any place downtown.
End location: The tour will end at the hotel/apartment or any place downtown.
Duration: 4 hours
This is a walking tour and we will be using a private water taxi.
In Venice no cars, segways or bicycles are allowed.
My service as your private licensed guide for the duration of the tour.
A private water taxi boat at disposal for the whole tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 euro - Food, drinks or any personal purchase.
Any personal expenses, from drinks to souvenirs.
I am a licensed guide, no restrictions at all.
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Silvia was a pleasure to tour with in Venice. She is very knowledgeable of the history of what we saw. The water taxi was also a great way to experience the islands. I would highly recommend Silvia.