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Visit to the Barovier&Toso furnace

Barovier&Toso can boast seven hundred years of experience: a tradition of craftsmanship and creativity. Born in 1295, when glass blowing in Murano was an “emerging art”, the company is nowadays, twenty generations after its foundation, the world’s most renowned producer of sophisticated Murano chandeliers. Here, people visiting the furnace will discover all the phases of the production process, from the raw materials to the final artefact. During the guided tour and demonstration, participants will watch experienced glassmasters unveiling the secrets and alchemies of the art of Venetian crystal.

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The magnificence of the world’s most famous Murano chandeliersThe Venetian glass company Barovier&Toso is well known for creating lighting for prestigious residences and palaces worldwide, admired for their dazzling style and sophisticated craftsmanship. The roots of this excellence lie in their unparalleled heritage: the first Barovier mentioned as glass master on Murano island dates back to an age when glass blowing itself was considered an emerging art. No surprise, as it was 1295! Since then, several members of the Barovier family have chaired the glassmakers guild of Murano, intertwining the history of their family with the history of this craft. The most famous family member was Angelo Barovier, a true Italian Renaissance man, who back in the 1400s invented the exceptionally pure cristallino glass and created pieces which are still regarded by many as the greatest glass masterpieces ever crafted. More than 20 generations later, the company has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and taste that they safeguard and express through all their artistic glass creations.

Audio guide

Audio guide

A free audio guide, available to stream from 10 April to 1 May, will enhance your experience of Homo Faber in Citta. Discover more about Venice, its crafts workshops and its heritage as a city of craftsmanship, to complement your personal tour.


Where you'll be

Address Fondamenta Vetrai 28
30141, Murano

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Things to know

  •   Guest requirements

    Please stay informed about the latest Covid safety requirements in Venice and comply with any requests from the venues you visit, to ensure the safety of yourself and the participating artisans.

  •   When to arrive

    Make sure you arrive on time at each venue (although no more than ten minutes early), to make the most of your experience and the artisan’s time. Please call the venue ahead of time if you are likely to be late.

  •   Cancellation policy

    Please let us know if you wish to cancel your booking so that we may offer the opportunity to another visitor. Cancel or rebook directly on your account or via your confirmation or reminder email. If cancelling on the day of your event, kindly inform the venue by telephone.