The history of glassmaking in Venice spans over 1000 years, but it was not until 1292 that the Republic of Venice decided to ban all glass furnaces from the city itself and move them to Murano, thus protecting the timber homes of medieval Venice from the danger of fires.
Since that time Murano has been the unequivocal home of glassmaking: and from the XIVth century a world-famous island where devoted artisans and anonymous masters developed new techniques, new types of glass and innovative, extravagant, delicate designs.
Today, more than 700 hundred years later, the Murano glassmaking tradition continues, passed on from master to apprentice. And yet a visit to the island can be a bit disappointing: visitors often feel lured into tourist traps, where they end up being uncertain of the quality of products they see and buy without having a chance to admire the true masters at work.
Take this opportunity to discover truly authentic art studios and furnaces with us; see incredibly talented masters and designers produce masterpieces inspired by antique models that strike us for their fragility, their modern feeling, essential shapes, elegant colours and fine lines.
You’ll be surprised to experience a different atmosphere, almost as if we could take a glance into a medieval workshop, where fire, silence and passion still inspire the movement of the artisans and artists at work. Afterwards we’ll visit a smaller production site where the famous goti da fornase, the traditional and colourful furnace goblets, are blown. Perhaps you’ll later pass by the art studio of a contemporary glass designer who shapes amazing sculptures, vases and wonderful chandeliers with incredibly innovative techniques. The tour is not complete without having a glimpse at the atelier where stylish and very creative glass beads, necklaces, rings and cufflinks are designed and crafted before your eyes.
The tour can be structured in different ways, according to your preferences and needs: we can include the newly restored Glass Museum and/or visit several art studios and factories to appreciate the making of these incredible objects!