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Venice: Discover the Art of Glass Blowing

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.

Venice: Discover the Art of Glass Blowing

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.

From US$ 8.76 per person

Explore the secrets behind the legendary glass art of Murano on a 20-minute tour of a Venetian glass factory. Learn the history of the art form, dating back to the Roman Empire, and assist a master glass blowing artisan of Venice at a demonstration.

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Duration 20 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, French, Italian
Small group
Limited to 9 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn the history of Murano glass blowing
  • Watch a master glass blower create a magnificent work of art
  • Visit a glass factory showroom to see different types of glass products
  • Get a small glass souvenir as a reminder of your experience
Full description
The tour takes place at a Murano glass factory on St. Mark's Square in central Venice, where you will be told about the origins of glass blowing, and learn how Murano became the center of glass-making when the Venetian Republic ordered all the foundries relocate to protect the wooden buildings of the main city from catching fire. Murano glassmakers became the most important citizens of Venice, and throughout the ages they refined their techniques thanks to trading between the Venetian Republic and the countries of the Middle and Far East. You will admire a master glass blower at work while using traditional techniques to create marvelous glass items. At the end of the tour, receive a small glass gift as a souvenir of an unforgettable visit.
Includes
  • Master Artisan glassblowing demonstration
  • Small glass souvenir for every couple or family
  • Flyer with description of the Magic Art of Glassblowing
  • Shared live tour commentary provided in English, Spanish, Italian and Japanese (the visit could be multilingual)
  • Multilingual assistance at meeting point (for skip-the-line service)
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Optional activity costs
  • Entrance tickets for museums or attractions not included on the tour
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones

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Date

Meeting point

• The office is close to San Marco Square. Having the Basilica of San Marco behind you, stay on the right side of the square and go under the arches. Find Olivetti Museum, turn right passing under the archways, cross the little bridge and go straight on to “Campo San Gallo”, Venice Tours Office is in the square, San Marco 1093/B. • Please be at the meeting point 5 minutes before the departure time.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking difficulties
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • The tour does not operate in the case of exceptionally high tides. In these cases the tour will be postponed to the following day or it will be refunded
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.2 /5

based on 200 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.6/5
  • Value for money
    3/5
  • Service
    3.2/5
  • Organization
    3.5/5

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The tour duration was short and sweet. Not too short not too long, just right. The demonstration was about 5 minutes and was really interesting. The rest of the time was spent in show rooms where the guide explained the history of glass making and provided interesting information and then the show rooms had a lot of interesting handicrafts. They never pushed us to buy anything and we were treated with respect. The location was in the heart of Venice so we didn't have to waste a day travelling to another island. The interior was nice, clean and cool. I believe the duration was very adequate and they gave us little gifts as tokens of remembrance. We enjoyed it. :)

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August 16, 2022

Perfect for a quick demo. Knowledgeable and friendly. Got excited while there and purchased some jewelry. Be aware things are very pricey there and authentic. May not need to spend so much because there are so many other glass shops. Just depends if you care if your items are “authentic”

August 12, 2022

The glass blowing activity was excellent as well as Rene who guided us to our location. He was very accommodating and knowledgeable. The glass blower was very impressive. The lady that led us from place to place was friendly and her demonstrations helped us understand the history as well as appreciate the difficulty of this art form!

April 24, 2022

Product ID: 48461