Today Igor will take you to see one of the most incredible icons of Venice or better the so famous Island of Murano and it's glass! We will be able to admire techniques that are more than 800 years old and have a glass blowing demonstration in an incredible glass studio. Berengo Studio, Fondazione Berengo and Glasstress: a glass studio, an art foundation and an internationally acclaimed exhibition. The three essential components that make up the Berengo universe, a place where artists, designers and creatives from every discipline create innovative works in glass, and together write a new chapter in the history of this ancient and beguiling medium. Berengo Studio was founded in 1989 by Adriano Berengo, who set out to forge a new path for art made with glass by testing the boundaries of contemporary glass-making with his innovative and inventive approach. Inspired by the collaborative work of Peggy Guggenheim and Egidio Costantini in the 1960s who invited masters such as Picasso and Chagall to produce art in glass, Berengo decided to further this creative vision and bring new life to the world of contemporary art through the use of glass. He invited important international artists to Murano to collaborate with skilled craftsmen to create great works of art. It’s an enterprise which has seen the Studio work with the likes of Ai Weiwei, Tracy Emin, Thomas Schütte, and Laure Prouvost to name just a few. The dynamic partnerships created in the Studio have even resulted in the development of original techniques as craftsmen push themselves to their limits to fully realise an artist’s creative vision. With time Fondazione Berengo was born, and along with Berengo Studio the institution has contributed at an international level to the development and promotion of art made with glass. Works made at Berengo are on display in collections (both public and private) around the world, including the prestigious Corning Museum of Glass Art. Berengo’s passion has been a driving force in the art world for bolstering the reputation of art made with glass over the last thirty years. A key contributor to the Biennale of Art in Venice the Studio has collaborated with artists to produce works for a number of Pavilions at this year’s edition. In fact the increase of artists exhibiting work in glass at the Biennale can be directly linked to the work of Berengo Studio, who have become a staple for artists wishing to experiment with the medium. In order to share the works created by the studio with the public the collateral Biennale exhibition ‘Glasstress’ was founded in 2009, an art calendar event that continues to go from strength to strength. Rooted in Murano the exhibition has travelled across the world, with iterations appearing everywhere from The Wallace Collection in London and Makslas Muzejs “Rigas Birža” in Riga, to the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York and the Millesgården Museum in Stockholm. The ever-evolving exhibition acts as a vivid demonstration of Berengo’s continued legacy, exhibiting the outstanding range of artworks and vibrant creativity that Berengo has fostered in the last three decades to critical acclaim. Adriano Berengo has transformed the world’s perception of glass as an artistic medium and nurtured those curious and creative enough to work with it. His determination has seen a true Renaissance for art made with glass, and through the ever-evolving world of Berengo his mission continues to be realised: welcome to the glass revolution. This will be part of Igor's new program to help and support the local artisans!
I’m Igor (that’s pronounced ee-gor, in case you are wondering!) and although you may not think it’s an Italian name, I am 100% Italian. I grew up in this area, between Treviso and Venice and I’m incredibly passionate about my region and 2 cities. I studied tourism, in Italy we have a special type of high school dedicated to tourism, and languages and I have been working in this sector since I graduated. I started in a hotel near Venice, then moved to one in London, which was an amazing experience. When I came back to Italy, I moved to with Globus and travelled all over Europe, from Portugal to Russia and the North Cape to Greece. Seeing so many places was great and I learned a lot meeting people from all over the world. In 2007, my grand tour ended, and I came home to Venice, where I qualified to work as a guide in the Veneto region (yes, in Italy you need a licence to work as a guide). I love taking my guests around this wonderful region, showing them all the fantastic treasures we have here. Whether you would like a tour of Venice, or a tailored, escorted experience with hotels, transfers and visits, let me be your Venetian expert! If you have questions you’d like answered or have no idea where to start planning your trip, get in touch with me and I will help you with suggestions, hints and bookings. I’ve been listed in Rick Steves’ guides to Venice, Italy and Europe since 2008, so I must be doing something right.
Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Veneto with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.
The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Veneto. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!
While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.
We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.
The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.
Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.
For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.
08 March 2021
Excellent tour! Fabulous art location!
08 March 2021
Thank you, Igor, for taking us to see the glass blowing factory. I love seeing places like this.
Shelley (Alberta) A.
05 March 2021
05 March 2021
I really enjoyed the trip. I went to Venice a few years ago and unfortunately didn’t get the chance,due to time,to visit the glass factory. Definitely will be doing a visit on my next trip there. Thank you for sharing the experience through virtual trips.
Jess (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) B.
05 March 2021
It was fascinating to go behind the scenes! I've been to a glassblowing factory in Venice, but it was great to see an operation that tourists normally would not get to see, and to be able to ask the owner questions.