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Visit to the Gold-beater workshop in Venice

Venice goldbeater workshopThe art of gold-beating, an ancient artisan craft that in Venice still exists!

In the beautiful setting of what was once the famous painter Tiziano’s Palace, hidden away in the Sestiere of Cannaregio, “Mario Berta Battiloro” is the last gold-beater workshop in Venice.  In the small workshop Marino, together with his wife Sabrina and their 2 daughters Eleonora and Sara, continue still today the art pursued by the family since 1926 and handed down from generation to generation.

Gold, silver and other precious metals are turned into wafer-thin sheets that are used for applications in a wide range of sectors.

Think of Artistic decorations: you will find gold leaves used in mosaics, beautiful artistic creations of Murano glass, but also applied on furniture and wooden sculptures.

Or also Cosmetics: recent research has shown that gold boasts significant anti-age properties and gold is also used as body decoration on nails, lips and eyelids.

And why not, Gastronomy: just imagine the aesthetic effect of unrivaled beauty when gold is used by chefs and barmen as a finishing touch on their culinary creations, of course certified as an edible food decoration.

You can enjoy a 40 minute tour of the Gold-beater workshop, only upon reservation, and discover the various stages of production that transforms the gold bar into sheets so thin that you can move them with a blow of your breath.

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