Tickets for Murano Glass Factory Guided Tour & Glassblowing Demonstration in Venice

Watch glass form before your very eyes

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Duration: 20min
Live guide: English, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
Smartphone tickets accepted

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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 glass souvenir (one per couple or family)
Brochure with description of the art of glassblowing
  • 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 glass 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.

Meeting Point
Testolini Bottega Dell'Arte, 30124, Venice
Glass Factory Galleria San Marco
181/A, San Marco, 30124, Venice
  • Show you smartphone ticket to the tour guide
  • Meeting point is in the small square in front of the shop: Testolini Bottega dell'arte
  • Meet your guide, who will be holding a signboard saying 'GLASS BLOWING TOUR'
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure. The guide won't wait for latecomers
  • Changes may be possible for this ticket

Ratings & reviews

based on 4 reviews
Nigel,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
Nov 13, 2019
I'm glad I read the reviews carefully as this set fairly low expectations. It's a visit to Laguno Murano Glass, close to St Mark's Square and a short but utterly amazing demonstration of glass...
I'm glad I read the reviews carefully as this set fairly low expectations. It's a visit to Laguno Murano Glass, close to St Mark's Square and a short but utterly amazing demonstration of glass blowing. There was also a very amusing sales pitch carried out by a tall, linguistically accomplished sales rep (he spoke Japanese as well as English), which involved dropping €200 euro gold encrusted glasses onto a crystal mirror and generally knocking them about to show how tough they were. The showrooms were pretty amazing too. What grated was the slightly aggressive salesmen who follow you around like magnets (OK the stock is valuable) and tell you there's no website, the stock has no names and so you either buy there and then or not at all. Maybe that kind of sales pressure works on some people, but not on me, I need time to reflect.
Oct 28, 2019
Short but interesting, twenty minute walk for no reason. Glass blowing fantastic three minutes, great five minute talk after, short but fun
Fabio,  Italy Italy
Sep 22, 2019

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