Magical Art of Glassblowing
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.
- Learn about the world famous Murano art of Glassblowing from live demonstrations conducted by master glassblowers in St.Mark's square
- Get a chance to see 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
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.
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. The icing on the cake being, you will receive a tiny glass gift as a memory of this visit.
- Master Artisan Glassblowing Demonstration in Saint Mark's Square
- Small Glass Souvenir for every couple or family.
- Shared guided tour of a Glass Factory Showroom in Saint Mark's Square
- Multilingual live tour commentary
- Flyer with a detailed description of the Magic Art of Glassblowing
Know Before You Go
This tour is conducted in 2 batches daily - 12.00 PM (noon) and 5:00 PM
Please be at the meeting point 5 minutes before the departure time. This tour operates all year and is available till January 2020.
Blackout Days Tour does not operate on Dec 25th, January 1st and 24th February.
*The tour does not take place in case of exceptional high tide(in this case it can be postponed to the day after, else you will be provided with a full refund)
Duration of tour
St. Mark’s Square - Clock Tower near Exchange Office. The white building with the blue clock façade. You will find an assistant with a signboard stating “GLASS BLOWING TOUR”.
Super flexible cancellation policy
You may cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund.
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.
Close to the Well of Bacino Orseolo, In Front of the Testolini Bottega dell'Arte, San Marco
- 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