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After its canals, Venice is known for its beautiful crafts, from glass to jewelry to Carnival masks. On this Venice crafts tour, visit workshops of local craft masters, and learn how these high-end, high-quality products are created. This is a fascinating way to go beyond the main tourist attractions to get a more in-depth look at life in Venice.


  • 2-hour Venice crafts tour
  • Visit a glass factory showroom near St Mark's Square, as well as shops that produce paper mâché, lace, glass beads and luxurious fabrics
  • Find out how elaborate Carnival masks and other local crafts are made
  • Meet talented local craftsmen

What You Can Expect

Venetian Craftsmen Workshop Tour

Glass showroom

Customer Reviews

Robert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had 18 tours over the 3 weeks we spent in Italy and I can honestly say this was in the top 3 of all the tours we undertook.
Rafaella was an EXCEPTIONAL

Robert S

4 star rating: Recommended May 2016

I didn't care much for the glass shop we were taken to, the salesman was a bit too high-pressure. We didn't buy anything there. The mask shop with its proprietor were terrific, and we did buy 3 masks. We walked past the place where they build gondolas, but couldn't enter. The guide recommended a good place to have lunch.

Connie D

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2016

No leather except when I asked what the masks were made of in a shop that we walked past and she went to ask what the material was and we were told it was leather. No jewelry craftsmanship at all. One stop at a jewelry shop when the owner pushed us to buy. The paper making was a very quick demonstration after we were told there would be no demonstration. The glass part was great.

Steven S

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2016

This tour seemed more commercially driven than about the work of the craftsmen. There was some good insight into local economics. I would like to see a gondola workshop added to the tour.

Sara L

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2016

We only went to glass demo and the mask shop. No lace, no fabrics, no dolls,. For the price it was disappointing. Our guide was knowlegable, but at the 2hour mark left us. I was so looking forward to the fabrics. The mask shop was tiny and one of us was able to create a mask from the beginning. Very good demonstration and instructions. The glass demonstration was better than the Murano tour taken to the Island. If you are short on time, this glass demo is a good bet.


3 star rating: Worth doing March 2016

Our tour guide was amazing. She told us about all the different stores we passed. The mask shop was amazing and Nicholi made me my own mask. However, we only went to two places, the mask shop and glass shop.

Kevin A

1 star rating: I do not recommend this December 2016

In fairness I don't know if I would recommend it. The location was difficult to find and not clearly marked, so we actually missed the tour.

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