Get ready to discover the Murano island, witnessing artistry in action in its glass factories, experiencing the lampwork tradition by creating your own Venetian bead and visiting the Byzantine-style 12th century mosaics of its churches.
Visit Murano, one of the most visited islands in the Venice lagoon, thanks to the reputation of its glass making industry: discover unique glass making factories, away from the most touristic spots; among them, the oldest glass factory in the world active since 1295, where you will see how tradition is combined with contemporary design and creativity.
Far from being stuck in the past, glass making still runs in the veins of the inhabitants of the island: experience first-hand one of the oldest techniques – the lampwork – thanks to a workshop run by a local artist, who will guide you through the secrets of this work helping you make your own Venetian bead, keeping alive a 17th century artistic practice.
Finally, have a pleasant stroll around Murano, discovering some hidden gems like its churches and walking through off-the-beaten tracks.
Tour leader & nature and interpretive guide
What to expect
Rio dei vetrai
The main “street” where the most famous glass shops are located. We will see together how glass artisans and factories are bringing forward the glassblowing tradition strolling along the Rio dei Vetrai (“canal of the glassmakers”).
The oldest glass factory of the world
We will step in the oldest glass factory in the world, admiring how tradition, design and fashion can be combined together.
San Pietro church
We will then discover some hidden gems of Murano as this church, hiding masterpieces from the Renaissance and stunning glass chandeliers.
Artisanal glass lampwork workshop
We will make our way to a unique artisan workshop where you can admire the fantastic skills of a lampwork artist who make impressive works of glass. Here you can put artistry in action and create your own Venetian bead!
We will wander around more hidden gems like an impressive industrial complex where they used to make glass beads.
San Donato church and byzantine mosaics
We will discover this Byzantine church and its XII century mosaics.
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