Magical Art of Glassblowing
Learn the secrets of the legendary Murano Art of Glassblowing on a 30-minute guided tour where you witness masterpieces of Venetian glass art dating back to the Roman Empire and assist a master glass blowing artisan in making a little something for you to take home.
- Learn about the world famous Murano art of Glassblowing from live demonstrations conducted by master glassblowers in St.Mark's square.
- Get a chance to see a master glassblower in creating a little something you can take home.
- Embark on a guided tour of the Glass factory showroom in St Mark's Square to see exceptional works of glass art that have been preserved over the years.
- Go home with a small souvenir to reminiscence this experience for a lifetime.
- Benefit from the multilingual live commentary in English, French, and Italian.
- Master Artisan Glassblowing Demonstration in Saint Mark's Square
- Small Glass Souvenir for every couple or family.
- Shared guided tour of a Glass Factory Showroom in Saint Mark's Square
- Multilingual live tour commentary
- Flyer with a detailed description of the Magic Art of Glassblowing
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history of venetian glassblowing
During the reign of the Roman empire, moulded glass was used in Venice for illuminating the bathhouses. Blending this art with the skills picked up during the Byzantine Empire and from the Trade relations with the Orient, Venice emerged as an important glass manufacturing centre known for its fine work and world-class quality.
In 1200, a Glassmakers Guild was established in Venice and they safeguarded the secrets of the trade to ensure the profitability of the trade. This committee laid out laws for the glassmaking industry flourishing in Venice and one of them was that glassmaking must be restricted to the Islands of Murano in order to avoid the risk of fire from the furnaces spreading onto the largely wooden structures of overpopulated Venice.
This made Murano the centre for glassblowing in Venice and over the years they refined their techniques and started moulding objects of daily use like cups, glasses, dishes, mirrors and lamps. This art of moulding the glass in all these shapes was one of the most safeguarded secrets in the Venetian Republic.
This tour will take you through the prized Venetian tradition of Glassblowing; a delightful art that will leave you spellbound.
You will live this experience in St Mark's Square in an old glass factory showroom. This detailed guided tour will run you through the ancient techniques used, the evolution of glassblowing art over time and a glimpse of the principal objects made with this art. Consume the warmth, smells and the sounds of the furnace while you're here and be awed by the magical hands of the artisan moulding glass right in front of your eyes. The icing on the cake being, you will receive a tiny glass gift as a memory of this visit.
know before you go
- This tour is conducted at 12:30pm.
- Please be at the meeting point 5 minutes before the departure time.
- Tour does not operate on Dec 25th, January 1st and 24th February.
- The tour does not take place in case of exceptional high tide (in this case it can be postponed to the day after, else you will be provided with a full refund) .
Duration of tour
- Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.
- Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID to your tour guide.
- Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid delays.
- If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification.
- Meet your guide at Venice Tours Assistance Point in St. Mark's Square.
- Address: St. Mark's Square, Calle Larga Ascensione #1257.
- The Assistance Point is the big grey newsstand between Fendi boutique and Poste Italiane (Post Office) with a sign "VENICE TOURS – ASSISTANCE POINT".
- Your tour guide will wait with the signboard "GLASSBLOWING TOUR".
Get Directions to the Meeting Point
- With Piazza San Marco and the arches of Museo Correr at your back and the Poste Italiane (Post Office) in front of you, find Venice Tours Assistance Pointon your left.
- It is a big grey newsstand (with many souvenirs and newspapers).
- The newsstand is located between Fendi Boutique and Poste Italiane (Post Office) and has the sign "VENICE TOURS – ASSISTANCE POINT".
- There are several ferry terminals located close to the meeting point. Ferry lines 1, N, A, B, and more will bring you here.
This ticket is valid for the date selected during checkout.
- This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities
- Comfortable shoes are suggested
- The tour is not considered Private but is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party