- 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)
In the heart of St Mark’s Square you can watch the closest thing to a miracle unfold. Alas, water will not be turned into wine, but sand will morph into an elaborate and unique glass creation. It will involve a furnace, a metal rod, and a breath of fresh air. Literally.
Sitting in an old glass factory, 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 skilful 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 you smartphone ticket to the tour guide
- Meeting point is in the small square in front of the shop Testolini Bottega dell'arte
- The guide will be holding a signboard saying GLASS BLOWING TOUR
- Please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure. The guide won't wait for latecomers
- Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date
- Changes may be possible for this ticket