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The tour and workshop was one of the highlights of our visit to Venice. The guide met us in an easy to find, central location and led us on a 15 minute walk to our private boat that took us out to Murano. The staff at the glass factory were friendly, informative, and knowledgeable. The glassblowing demonstration by the master was amazing! I highly recommend this tour. Be aware that getting back to central Venice is by public transportation and you are on your own. The guide did tell us exactly where to go, but did not explain the queuing system and that there are multiple boats going to different destinations in Venice. The quickest way is taking the 7 line that goes directly back to San Marco.
Excellent! We met our first tour guide in central Venice, who guided us from the water taxi ride to Murano and to the glass factory. A gentleman greeted us, talked us through the glass blowing demonstration and answered questions. Next, we were greeted by Silvia and guided to the workshop where we made bracelets with Murano glass beads. Great self-made souvenir from our trip! Both the tour guide and Murano glass factory staff were friendly and helpful. Highly recommended, interesting, fun and also learn about the history of Murano!
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour! Our guide first met us by the Carlo Goldoni statue, and led us to the water bus depot she was knowledgeable and gave us information on daily water-bus tickets. We arrived at the Murano Glass Factory island, and was greeted by our factory guide, Silvia. Again she was excellent and led us to workshop to make glass souvenirs before watching the Master Glass-blower. After the demonstration, we strolled through many displays of Murano glass items for purchase...which we did! A few small momentos to bring home of Murano Glass! A good value for a quick tour.
We had a wonderful time on this tour. The boat ride over to Murano was really fun because we got to see part of Venice that we had't seen. Our guide for the day, John Luca, was very congenial and made the trip really fun. We watched a master glass blower create some beautiful projects. Then we went to the workshop part of the tour where we were able to choose from making a bracelet, earrings, or a refrigerator magnet. It was fun. We had coffee and the atmosphere was very relaxed. We all came away with a creation. We then visited the show room where we saw some beautiful things. Some things were quite expensive but there were items that were reasonable to buy for gifts for people back home. John Luca took us back to where we started, which was nice. I highly recommend this tour if you are at all artistic! And even if you're not!
Our guide has been helpful in explaining how Murano island has came about - best way to keep Venice safe from the fire as glass making needs furnace. Also, by gathering all the glass makers onto a small island, keeping the competition real among them to produce the best skills and art. In that, the glass makers have become great demand across the region during those time, and also till date. I will give her a 10 upon 10.
Roxana G Canada
This tour was a gift for a special friend on a honeymoon. We had previously taken it back in summer 2017 and highly enjoyed it. Our friend's feedback was also very positive.
The guide was very knowledgeable but would liked more support when buying glass especially as goods required shipping.
We were met in the centre of Venice by Silvia, there were 5 other people on our tour but it was a small enough group. She was lovely, spoke excellent English and escorted us to Murano, including helping us to buy the right water bus tickets. We walked a couple of minutes to the factory where we were give a wonderful private demonstration by a glassmaster, narrated by another guide who also spoke good English. Then Silvia took us to the workshop room where we could make an item from glass made at the factory. Most of us chose to make bracelets and Silvia took time to explain how best to make them and all the tricks. She them made sure we were completely happy with how they turned out before we were taken to look round their spectacular showroom. It really was amazing to see all the intricate and amazing things they had made especially after seeing the demonstration. We also got a discount in the shop so it was great for little presents to bring home too. Overall it took 2.5hrs including transportation to do the experience and we thought great value for money.
We were the only ones on our tour
Definitely recommend this tour! Interesting as well as fun. Great guide, took us through the center of Venice to get to the Vaporetto to Murano. Would have loved to see the rest of the island afterwards but they roll up the sidewalk after 5 pm.
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