Discover the city by the lagoon beyond its most famous attractions and enjoy the splendid Venice three island tour with us!

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Just as a jigsaw puzzle is made up of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of pieces, so is Venice. Punctuating the Venetian lagoon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are hundreds of islands: 118 are those on which the center we all know was built, but as many as 62 islands are scattered all around: they offer natural beauty, historical and archaeological relics, engineering masterpieces, and even rich evidence of folklore and tradition, not to mention a rich local gastronomy.

So, to make your experience complete, widen your gaze to the dozens of islands and islets that emerge from the water. Some of them are tiny, little more than patches of land where it is not even possible to dock; others, on the other hand, are splendid ecosystems that have developed a very strong identity, known in every corner of the world. Pastel-colored painted houses, masterpieces of delicate glass, historical relics that harken back to the Roman era...

Embark with us on an unforgettable excursion to discover three islands in the Venice Lagoon! But don't forget that Venice is a city rich in history and art. You can admire all its attractions with the Venice Pass at advantageous prices: discover all the benefits.

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Venice island tour: a unique excursion among art, history and traditions

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From which islands should you start discovering the lagoon? We certainly suggest three.

A boat tour to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, in fact, will allow you to fully delve into the heart of Venice's history and craft traditions.

The art of glass, with its furnaces and precious art objects, but also the art of lace, with its intangible masterpieces, are kept here, among these islands.

Find out in this article how best to organize a boat excursion to the islands of Venice.

Venice island tour: DIY or guided excursion?

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The first question to ask when organizing an excursion to the islands of Venice is undoubtedly this: is a guided tour better than a DIY experience?

The answer is certainly not unique, as it also varies according to one's needs and requirements.

On the one hand, organizing a DIY trip to the islands is certainly feasible. There are many public service steamers connecting the three islands and they operate even on holidays. The advantage of organizing such a trip is the ability to manage time independently and devote more time to what you want. On the other hand, however, the fear of missing the last ferry of the day, of not having checked the boat schedule updates well can make the trip less relaxing.

The advantage of opting for a guided tour, on the other hand, is certainly to discover the three islands without worries. In fact, the organized tour allows you to optimize your time, avoiding long waits for public transportation and benefiting from the knowledge of an experienced guide who will accompany you to discover the most fascinating and hidden places on each island.

The opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture and traditions while listening to stories and trivia told by the guide is undoubtedly the added value of an organized tour.

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Which is the itinerary of the boat tour?

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What stops should an excursion to Murano, Burano, and Torcello include? What are the places and experiences that cannot be missed?

Let us give you a quick overview of the wonders that await you on this tour.

1. First of all, the island of the glass masters

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The first stop on the islands tour is certainly Murano, world-famous for glass production. Not too small in size, the contours of the glass island can be admired with a walk along the Fondamenta Nove.

Here you will have the opportunity to walk among the calli and canals but above all to watch a live demonstration of glassblowing, a moment that will enchant adults and children alike.

2. The island of lace and colorful houses

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The second stop is Burano, famous for its colorful houses and centuries-old lace-making tradition.

Here you can stroll through the streets of the center and, with any luck, observe elderly ladies devoted to the art of embroidery. So wonderful is their lace that, in the past, lace-makers from this island were even called to the French court to teach their art.

Finally, as you stroll through the streets of the center and take colorful photographs, don't forget to taste the typical "bussolai", delicious donut-shaped biscuits!

3. The ancient core of the city

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The last stop of the three island tour is the beautiful Torcello, a very small and verdant island. Here, according to legend, the first nucleus of Venice originated.

You can visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, with its splendid Byzantine mosaics, and the Devil's Bridge, one of the few Venetian bridges without a parapet.

If the day is particularly clear and you still have some time before returning to the city, be sure to climb the bell tower to enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire northern part of the Venetian Lagoon.

How to book the Venice boat tour to the three islands?

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If you would like to book a guided excursion that will take you to visit the islands in the lagoon, we definitely recommend booking in advance.

You can purchase tickets directly online, choosing your departure date and time. Within seconds, you will receive an electronic voucher with all the instructions you need to follow for boarding.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to visit the beautiful islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello!

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