Murano Glass Factory Experience: Factory Tour and Workshop - Reviews

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Laura C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

We were the only ones on our tour

Monique Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

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.

Jean C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Outstanding guide.

DARRYL C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Very cool

Sheldon C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Great

Kathryn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Interesting tour. Best part was actually seeing the master glass blower making things and then making jewelry with murano glass beads.

Theresa Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

My friend and I had such fun on this tour. We were very lucky to be the only tour. A guide met us at the square he escorted us to the water taxi, stayed on the taxi, and then again from the port to the factory. Another gentleman met us at the factory was kind to offer restrooms and coffee or water. He then brought us into the factory and narrated what we were watching as well as answered our questions. He then handed us over to Sylvia for some reason her name stuck and we did the workshop with her which included lots of conversation and giggles.

Cindy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Exception tour! The first guide met us in the designated and easy to find spot, walked us through town, on the Vaporetto, and to the glass factory while giving us oral history along the way. The gentleman who gave us the private tour was knowledgeable, friendly and professional. It was quite fun making items out of the glass, in our case bracelets. Quite nice also to receive a 20 dsicount on merchandise purchased. I'd highly recommend this tour!

Carla O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Loved this experience! The Murano glass studio ... watching the glass artist create ... making my own bracelet to take home ... and then walking through the beautiful shop was a treasured time in my visit to Venice!

Michelle R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

We all loved the Murano Glass Factory Tour. It is amazing how they do the glassblowing and create all the different items. We wish we purchased more items and shipped them home.

Andrew D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

A really enjoyable excursion from central Venice. The glass factory's hosts were very welcoming and the creation of glassware was truly interesting.

Debra Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

We were very lucky, as our tour ended up being a private tour! Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable! The only glitch was our return trip back to Venice. The boat route is not posted, so we got off at the wrong stop and has to walk quite a distance back to our hotel. It was a wonderful experience though!

Nancy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

The experience in the Murano Glass Factory was incredible. They were hospitable at the factory from our arrival. We were met by a charming ambassador for the company and then treated to a refreshing glass of lemonade or iced tea. George, the expert on site, amazed us with his talent at blowing glass, while another ambassador explained the process.
The BEST PART was when we were taken back to a workshop where we, the attendees were able to create our own piece of jewelery from their famous beads. I made a bracelet that I will cherish for time to come. One could also choose to make a key chain or earrings or a mosaic piece from glass pieces. All so interesting and fun. No one else I talked to had this special experience or Murano keepsake!
Of course the shopping in their show rooms was an experience in itself! So many outstanding pieces to choose from and they were very accommodating with handling the shipping arrangements.
A MUST DO FOR ANYONE TRAVELLING TO VENICE.!

Herbert G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

This was the best tour ever! To be able to watch a glass master at work and afterward we were able to make our own murano glass souvenir was a treat. Would definitely recommend.

Dorota T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

The tour was very interesting. We were really impressed with the skills of the old master making animal sculptures and all the people working in such difficult conditions for years. It was also very nice to make our own souvenirs afterwards.

anne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Great guide and she was so sweet and full of fun facts and knowledge. Loved seeing the glass pieces made and what a special treat to get to make our own piece of jewelry. Very special.

3rdrockson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

My wife and I took this tour, and had a wonderful time! We were met by our guide, Sylvia, in Venice, and then taken via a private boat, which was included in the tour price, to the island. The workshop after the factory tour and demonstration to make bracelets, earrings or mosaics was fun, even for adults. We bought a few things in the gift shop. Sylvia then got us back to Venice via public transportation, which was included with our vessel card. Sylvia was a wonderful guide who is very proud of her home, and the artisans who performed the glass-blowing demonstrations. You will be lucky if you get her as a tour guide.

Sarah P United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Fantastic Venetian experience! We booked this tour as part of our honeymoon, and had a great time. The walk from the meeting point to the waterbus stop was fairly long, but we enjoyed seeing another part of Venice. Murano is beautiful, and our tour guide gave us interesting information and tips as we went along. At the glass factory, we were well looked-after and treated to a glass blowing demonstration with explanations. Then we had the chance to make a glass mosaic or bracelet which we both really enjoyed. Finally, we got to look around the incredible showroom - simply stunning! Came home with a couple of less expensive souvenirs and some great memories.

Michael I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

My wife and I, along with my daughter and her husband,thoroughly enjoyed our Murano glass factory tour and workshop. We met our guide, Ludovico, and the rest of our group at Piazza San Bartolomeo, close by the Rialto Bridge. From there, Ludovico led us on foot to the Vaporetto stop that would take us to Murano. The cost of the Vaporetto is not included in the price of the tour. We had purchased Venezia Unica passes that allowed unlimited Vaporetto travel, including to and from Murano, for the duration of the pass-1, 3 or 7 days.
Ludovico, who was friendly and informative, and who spoke English very well, gave us a brief history of glass-making on Murano during the boat ride across the lagoon. Once we arrived on the island, it was a short walk to the Colleoni glass factory, where the making of the different colors of glass was explained and where we witnessed a master glass artist at work. He first showed us the blown glass technique in fashioning a colored glass globe that would become part of a light fixture. When this piece was finished, he took a molten piece of glass and turned it into a statuette of a rearing horse in less than 2 minutes-truly amazing!
After the demonstration, we were led to a room for our workshop activity. My wife and daughter made their own bracelets using glass beads, and my son-in-law and I made small mosaic scenes using bits of colored glass and small glass beads on a 3' x 3 wood panel, creating unique souvenirs of our visit. We explored the factory shop after the activity was done, and took advantage of the 20 discount included as part of this tour. There were also several rooms filled with larger pieces of glass art in the shop, a museum- worthy collection of Murano glass.
We decided to stay on Murano for lunch, and Ludovico recommended a nearby pizzeria, Approdo, for the best pizza with the best view on Murano. We shared 4 delicious pizzas from Approdo's large selection, dining outdoors on their deck overlooking the lagoon with Venice in the distance.
After lunch, we explored the shops along the canals of Murano, and visited the Church of Sts. Maria and Donatus, which was completed in the year 1140. The highlights here include a striking Byzantine mosaic of Mary, the Blessed Mother surrounded by gold, covering the apse above the altar, and the beautifully decorative mosaics covering the floor of the church.
This tour is highly recommended and a great way to begin a visit to Murano. We did the 9AM tour, which allowed plenty of time to to see other sights on the island, and it was easy to return to Venice by Vaporetto when we were ready to go back. The tour of the glass factory was fun and informative, and the workshop allowed us to do a hands-on activity using genuine Murano glass. Ludovico was a great guide for this tour and helped to make our visit to Murano a memorable one!

MINDY H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

The Murano Glass Factory was a fun experience. When we arrived we were greeted with water and delicious iced tea. It was very hot that day, so it was nice to cool off before entering the hot warehouse. The glass making process was interesting and the explanation was helpful. After the demonstration, we began the workshop. It was cute and definitely geared towards families as the activities weren't challenging. My husband and I made bracelets for our family, which was a sweet take home gift for them. Next, you're escorted into the huge glass shop where you can buy anything from small gifts to large expensive chandeliers. Overall, it was a great experience for the price. It's recommended that you purchase a single day pass on the public boat transit to get to the island, or a several day pass since it was easier getting around Venice. Enjoy!

andrewandbeverley201 ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Excellent!! This was the first tour that we did while in Venice. The glass-blowing was brilliant to watch, and the girl at the workshop told us some interesting information about the glass masters and how they do what they do. After watching glass-blowing, we went to make our own pieces. My husband made a mosaic and I made a bracelet. This was nice, but felt a little like I was at work Primary School doing art with the children! The Murano glass shop, attached to the workshop, was out of this world. The pieces were so beautiful. We bought a lovely vase and used our 20 off from booking this tour. Unfortunately, however, when we got back to England, and we removed all the bubble wrap from the vase, there was a 4cm crack in our vase which was not caused in transit on the plane - we made sure we packed all our glass extremely carefully. I hope the glass shop were not aware of this crack and sold it us for 200 Euros...! We will just have to put it on display with the crack at the back of the cabinet.. :o A must-do tour overall!

Leila C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

This was a lovely way to spend the afternoon, we were met new Rialto Bridge by the first of our three guides. She walked with us through Venice, giving us information about Venice and Murano. We took the ferry across to Murano, where she showed us multiple points of interest before taking us to the factory and introducing us to the next two guides.
Watching the master at work, our guide explained the process to us at each step a larger tour simply sat and had no commentary about what was happening! and then allowed us to go up to the master's station to see it in better detail so so so hot!!.
We then had a mini tour of the factory, before going into a small workshop room to make a souvenir - we made two bracelets from murano glass for our niece.
We then went through the seven galleries, seeing all the custom pieces made by the glass masters. These ranged from small jewellery and ornaments, to huge chandeliers worth AUD250,000.

Truly incredible to watch such an intricate art, even if you don't particularly like the end result - we didn't purchase anything as it isn't our style but it is definitely worth the visit, even to escape the crazy crowds of Venice for a few hours!

Michael A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

This tour worked out great with our schedule and was done before noon. We had a wonderful and gracious tour guide, Sylvia, who gave us some history of Venice on the way to Murano. Once at the location which was at one time a church we were greeted and handed off to Luca who talked us through the details and craftsmanship of creating the various pieces of art and functional glasswork. The next phase was creating a keepsake of our own from colored beads and pieces of glass with Sylvia. The last phase of the tour was a walk through their gallery/shop with everything from lamps to dinnerware. It was an exceptional tour and a good value.

Mike A. from Houston, TX

Amreenvirani03

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Amazing experience... very small group, the guide was very knowledgeable. Gave us a lot of background and additional information on Venice and Murano island. Loved it.

fependley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

This really is an experience and not just a tour. Our group included an extended family visiting Italy together, and they had several children among them. The glass-blowing demonstration seemed to really hold their attention, and the activity that followed--a craft workshop using glass beads to make your choice of a mosaic or a piece of jewelry--got them involved in something creative. The adults in the group enjoyed these things too, but they make this a particularly good tour for families.

Our guide Cara met the group in Campo San Bartolomio and explained the difference between a campo and a piazza and led us on a walk to the Fondamenta Nove water-bus stop, pointing out interesting buildings and sights along the way. We had to pay the bus fare separately 5 euros per person each way but she helped us get that done, and after a short sail across the lagoon and past Venice's cemetery island of San Michele, we arrived at our stop on Murano. Glass-making has been the primary industry on this island for generations, and we learned some of that history on our walk to the Colleoni glass workshop. Once we arrived and were introduced to our hosts at the factory, Cara left the group. We watched a master glassmaker at work and heard a thorough explanation of every step in the process before entering the craft area to work with the beads. Once we finished making our masterpieces we were invited to visit the showrooms and spend as much, or as little, as we liked, with a 20 discount. My husband and I bought a few pieces--we had decided in advance that this stop would be the big spending splurge of our trip--but there was no real pressure to do so.

After the workshop, we were free to explore the island, which is very picturesque and less bustling than Venice proper, and stay as long as we liked. This tour was an excellent way to spend the first full day of our visit to Venice.

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