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Venice

Amazing Artisans of Venice

Discover 3 traditional artisans in the north of Venice, learn about their craft and participate in a hands-on workshop.
Cultural Visit
3 hours
Private Certified Guide
Private venue
DESCRIPTION

Venice has an old tradition of crafts and this is what you will be experiencing during this 3-hour experience.
Follow our expert guide as they take you to 3 fascinating ateliers that will leave you and your children amazed…
Your first stop is at the last of the great gold leaf makers in Venice. This very small workshop has not changed for the last 100 years, and neither have the techniques used to make gold leaf. See how the men beat the gold pieces into very thin leaves and how the women carefully shape and place them in special folders.
Your second stop is a traditional printer. Once you have heard about this art, you and your children will get to make your own prints! Choose either a poster or a T-shirt, as well as the kind of print you would like to have. Follow the instructions of the master printer and make your own personalized article that you can take back home!
The final artisan workshop is a puppet workshop. The artisan will tell you about his world of puppets and how he developed a new technique using saw dust. He has been supplying puppets all over the world, and you’ll be amazed by how many international stars have asked him to make them a puppet! But the best part is when you will try to manipulate a puppet: it looks easy but wait until you try!
(The order of the visits might change, and one atelier could be replaced by another should the atelier be closed for an unexpected reason).


This tour is available in the following languages : English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese (the guide will be there to translate)

Meeting Point: Fondamenta Nove vaporetto dock
Finish: At the last workshop

PRICE PER FAMILY
695
MINIMUM AGE
6 years
DURATION
3 Hours
PHOTOS
INCLUSIONS
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A private, fully-licensed guide who knows how to keep the children engaged
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A visit to 3 workshops with back-stage access
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A printing hands-on workshop
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A small gold leaf gift
EXCLUSIONS
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Transfer to the meeting point and from the point where the tour ends
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Tips and purchases such as souvenirs
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Snacks and drinks (except water)
HIGHLIGHTS
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How to make gold leaf and the presence of gold leaves in our daily life and in art
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How to make a traditional print on paper or garment
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How wooden puppets are made and how to manipulate one
FAQ's

Is this tour private?

Yes, it is. No one else will be joining your private tour, and you will have your own private guide throughout the visit. Nobody else will be inside the workshops when you will be there.

Will we be doing any hands-on activities?

At the gold leaf maker and the puppet maker, you will not be creating anything. You will simply be invited to touch and manipulate a tool or two. It is only at the print’s workshop that you will create your own print, either on paper or on a garment.

Are the parents staying with the children or separated?

We always promote a family-bonding moment, where parents and children enjoy an activity together as a family. So, parents and children will not be separated. However, if you choose to send your children on this activity alone, it is possible, provided that a babysitter accompanies the children regardless of the age, for insurance purposes (our guides are not responsible for the children).

Is it suitable for kids under 6 years old?

Children younger than 6 years are more than welcome to join but the parents will have to keep a close eye on them, especially during the printing workshop. Please note that there is a bit of walking to do.

Will I be able to bring strollers/wheelchairs?

Getting from one atelier to the other involves a bit of walking. Venice is only about walking up and down bridges and this not the best place for strollers and wheelchairs. We therefore do not recommend this tour for babies or people with reduced mobility.

Will my teenage kids like the tour?

Sure they will. It is always interesting to see how things are made…
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