Highlights of this tour

  • Visit to a very traditional glass furnace in Murano
  • Visit to a very innovative glass furnace in Murano
  • Complete introduction to the history of Murano Glass
  • Time for shopping with the help of a professional guide
  • Private water-taxi transfers from Venice to Murano & back

MURANO GLASS, TRADITION & INNOVATION. A COLLECTORS’ TOUR

Our ‘Murano Glass, Tradition & Innovation’ is intended to be both a cultural and a shopping experience.
The tradition of glassblowing and shaping has been rooted in the Venetian Lagoon since the Middle Ages. When the trading routes with Syria and Egypt brought here the techniques and some of the raw materials.

Originally located in downtown Venice, the glass furnaces were transferred to the nearing island of Murano during the 13th century, when the city became overcrowded and the presence of dangerous activities was no longer sustainable. Venice, notwithstanding all her canals, has always been at serious risk of fire.

We will reach the Island of Glass with a short journey by private water-taxi. Our ‘Collectors’ Tour’ will begin with a visit to a very traditional furnace, an old building with enormous windows overlooking the Lagoon and San Michele Island. We’ll be welcomed by a staff member and introduced to this fascinating world.

The first impression is that of a cheerful and busy disorder, where different glassmakers feature a variety of vases, goblets, sculptures, aquariums, elements of chandeliers. Each ‘piazza’ (=square) consists normally of three workers: master, servant and younger servant, a hierarchy that hasn’t changed through the centuries.

The three men, without talking to each other, work the incandescent mass of glass that stands at the end of a long steel pipe, and is frequently brought back to the furnace for reheating. While trying to figure which kind of object they are shaping, you’ll learn about the basic facts of glass making and blowing in Murano.

The master’ s desk and simple tools employed in the process of creation have not changed much since the Middle Ages. A visit to the Murano Glass Museum at Palazzo Giustinian (if you’re interested check our Murano Glass History Tour) will confirm that, apart from the fuel employed in the furnaces and few other devices, Murano glass tradition still lives on.

Up above the factory, our ‘Collectors’ Murano Glass Tour’ continues

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in the vast show rooms upstairs, where you’ll be surprised by the variety of styles, colors, shapes. Although we don’t know how your home looks like, and what you like to collect, we are quite sure that something will catch your eye and meet your taste.

The visit to the showrooms will be the opportunity to give you more insight on techniques, artists, styles. You can ask all possible questions to your expert guide and to the factory’s staff, all English-speaking and experienced. While enjoying the visit to the 15 rooms you’ll be offered some drinks and a relaxing pause.

A short stroll along a beautiful waterfront will bring us to our next Murano glass furnace, a very special place where everything looks very modern, efficient, glamour and fantastically colorful. A glass sculpture garden welcomes the visitors before we enter the high-tech furnace, were 3 masters work together.

Sitting comfortably on a sofa, with music in the air, surrounded by glass animals, scintillating chandeliers, great vases and other surprising creations, you’ll see how glass rods of an endless variety of shades can be combined and shaped into a variety of items of elegant contemporary design by skillful hands (and lungs!)

The personality of the owner, a young man who chose to follow his own way in contrast with his family traditions, pervades everything and gives the whole collection a great harmony. We particularly recommend our ‘Tradition and Innovation’ tour as it blends some very different aspects of Murano glass tradition and future.

Eyes full of marvels, and, hopefully, happy with great new purchases, we make our way back to Venice on our private water taxi. We recommend scheduling this tour on a working day (Mondays through Fridays) when the production is on, from 9.00 am until 2.00 pm. In August, due to the heat, everything slows down.

If you’re interested in visiting other islands in the Venetian Lagoon, check our special Lagoon & Islands section at Walks inside Venice

Cost of this tour

  • This tour lasts approximately 3 hours and costs: 420 euro up to 6 people
  • 3 hour private professional guide services
  • 2 private water-taxi transfers from Venice to Murano & back
  • Only private parties.
  • For larger parties: please send us an email!

Dress Code and advice

  • Please wear comfortable shoes and a hat in summer