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Magical Art of Glassblowing

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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.

Highlights

  • Learn about the world famous Murano art of Glassblowing from live demonstrations conducted by master glassblowers
  • Get a chance to assist 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, Spanish, Italian and Japanese
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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.

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Your Experience

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.

This tour is not just about learning and seeing but involves getting your hands dirty with the secrets of the trade, literally! You will get a chance to assist the master glassblower to create your glass gift using ancient techniques! After helping the glassblower, you can take home your own made souvenir. Even if you have not moulded your own gift, you will receive a tiny glass gift as a memory of this visit. Keep this on mantelpiece and reminiscence this trip everytime you see it.

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Inclusions

  • Master Artisan Glassblowing Demonstration in Saint Mark's Square
  • Small Glass Souvenir for every couple or family.
  • Guided tour of a Glass Factory Showroom in Saint Mark's Square
  • Live tour commentary provided in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese
  • Flyer with a detailed description of the Magic Art of Glassblowing
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Know Before You Go

Timings
This tour is conducted in 2 batches daily - 12.00 PM (noon) and 5:00 PM
From November 1st, 2018 there will be only 1 batch daily starting at 12:00 PM ( noon)
Tour does not operate on Dec 25th and January 1st

Duration of tour
30 minutes.

Meeting Point
St. Mark’s Square - Clock Tower near Exchange Office.

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Super flexible cancellation policy

You may cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund.

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My Tickets

How to Use Your Tickets
You will receive your mobile voucher via email. There is no need to print the ticket. Once you reach St Mark's Square look for the Clock Tower near YEX exchange office ( white building with blue clock facade). You will find our tour guide here. Please join him/her and proceed for the tour.

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Where?

Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy, Venezia

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Additional Information

  • 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
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