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Tickets for Venetian Glassblowing Demonstration in Piazza San Marco

Watch glass form before your very eyes

Provider: Venice City Tours

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Duration: 20mins
Live guide: English, Italian
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What's included

Entrance to the Murano Glass Factory in the center of Venice
Demonstration of the art of Murano glassblowing and the different phases of production from a master artisan
Visit of a glass factory showroom to see different types of glass products
Small souvenir (one per couple or family)
Brochure with description of the art of glassblowing

Where you'll go

Starting point

Campo San Gallo, San Marco 1093/B, Venice Tours office, 30124, Venice

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  • Watch as a master craftsman shapes molten glass into a unique creation – just as it was done 1,000 years ago
  • The glassblower will explain the technical process that was once a highly guarded Venetian Republic secret
  • Stroll the factory showroom to see the variety of glass products, and receive a little gift as a memento (one per couple or family)

Sitting in an old glass factory right in the center of Venice, you'll watch as a local artisan first takes a molten blob of glass out of the fornax (the old Latin word for oven) with a hollow, metal rod.

He'll then begin to shape it into a unique and custom-made piece of glassware. If he's making a jug, for example, he’ll use the rod to roll it around on the table and fashion the main bulb shape. An elegant handle might be added by means of tongs and a skillful double swoosh of his hand.

It's all quite visceral and, of course, his very breath is an important tool, too (you’ll have to visit to learn why).

As the gentle heat of the furnace wafts about you, you might even fancy yourself drifting back to the 1200s.

  • Show your smartphone ticket to the tour guide at the meeting point where the tour starts
  • 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
  • The guide will be holding a signboard saying 'GLASS BLOWING TOUR' and will accompany you to the Murano Glass Factory
  • Please arrive at least 5 minutes before departure. The guide won't wait for latecomers
  • Rescheduling is possible until 23:59 on the day before your visit.

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Dianne,  Australia Australia
09 Jan 2023
Good
It was great to get us to the glass blowing venue.
Venetian Glassblowing Demonstration in Piazza San Marco
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Jamie,  United States United States
17 Nov 2022
Excellent
The demonstration itself was amazing
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Ayane,  Switzerland Switzerland
31 Oct 2022
Excellent
Informative! I enjoyed the short but spot on presentation and our guide gave us a lot of information in proper english and could answer my questions. (proper english isnt always the case in italy,...
Informative! I enjoyed the short but spot on presentation and our guide gave us a lot of information in proper english and could answer my questions. (proper english isnt always the case in italy, even in touristy places) Do not expect anything long and fancy, they just show you how its done with a pretty example and explain the process of making it with some historic facts around how glass making and its market developed there over the years.
Venetian Glassblowing Demonstration in Piazza San Marco