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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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