Enjoy a peaceful afternoon at sea discovering Venice's islands in a Private Boat with Skipper
A luxurious Venetian Lagoon exploration on a private tour of Murano and Burano.
A knowledgeable local expert will meet guests to accompany them to a private motor boat. With a local skipper at the helm, they will enjoy an elating ride through the canals and out to the open waters. Breath-taking views over Venice will appear on the way to the first destination: Murano.
Guests will then be accompanied on an exploration of this picturesque island. Famed for its stunning glass, a visit to a local glassblowing factory will be arranged, where the group will see masters of their trade turn molten sand into amazing works of art. They will discover the delicate history not only of glassblowing, but also the strict politics that once governed its craftsmen.
Next will be another short boat ride to Burano. Beyond its quaint port and bright-hued housing, this island is renowned for its lace. Discover the world of artisan lace-making following the ancient traditions passed down through the generations. There will be time to browse through the shops and explore the island before being led back to the boat for the relaxing journey back to mainland Venice where the tour concludes.
Optional extra: Extend this Venice Island tour to a full-day, with an additional 3 hours in the afternoon to visit the picturesque Torcello Island. Sites to visit include the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta with its Byzantine mosaics and the Church of Santa Fosca. The guide can also provide suggestions for lunch (to be paid directly by guests on the day).
Under a mile away from mainland Venice is Murano, a set of 7 smaller islands linked by bridges, whose history dates back to Roman times. Prospering initially through fishing and salt trade, it fell under Venetian rule after a period of decline.
Religious hermits took up residence there and founded the Monastery of St. Michael that remained until Napoleon’s forces invaded in 1810. All Venice glassmakers were sent there in 1291 for fear of fires. Their wares soon became famous, the glassmakers becoming veritable celebrities.
Nearby is Burano island, likely first inhabited by the Romans. An archipelago of 4 connected islands, its brightly-colored buildings are home to a lace-making tradition dating back to the 1500s. Hand-made with fine needles, it has contributed greatly to the islands coffers for centuries. Burano is also home to its own ‘leaning tower’ – the San Martino Church Campanile.
The Torcello island rather was home to the first settlements within the lagoon, with the Veneti peoples seeking refuge from Attila the Hun in the mid-400s. Today, it is a quaint area replete with many religious monuments, including the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta dating back to 639, and even a Devil’s Bridge (Il Ponte del Diavolo).
WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO EXPERIENCE
- Be immersed in picturesque Venetian vistas.
- Discover the incredible artistic traditions of these islands.
- Find out about the important artisan contributions that made these islands what they are today.
- Have a private boat ride to the islands plus a personal local expert to accompany the group throughout the day.
- Tour length 4 hours. Optional upgrade: extend the tour to 7 hours to add a visit to Torcello Island.