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©Courtesy Fratelli Barbini
©Courtesy Fratelli Barbini

Discovering the ancient art of Venetian mirrors

The visit starts with an introduction to the AAV Barbini company, an ancient firm whose origins are intertwined with the history of Venetian glass mirror making. The participants will then be shown all the different phases through which an authentic Venetian mirror is handcrafted: drawing, cutting, grinding, engraving, silvering and the final assembly of the finished piece. At the end of the process, visitor will discover the Showroom, where many types of finished Venetian mirrors are displayed together with various engraved artworks made by the Barbini family, such as paintings, vases and glasses.

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©Barbini Specchi Veneziani

AAV Barbini

Mirror making

A myriad of mirrorsAAV Barbini is the oldest company still operating in Murano that specialises in the art of glass engraving and the production of Venetian mirrors, as well as the restoration of antique pieces. The company’s origins can be traced back to an era that far precedes the date of its foundation by Nicolò Barbini, in 1927. In fact, the Barbini family history is intimately tied to that of Venetian glass mirror making, which has lived centuries of undisputed supremacy not only for its limpid, transparent and colourless qualities, but also for the sophisticated craftsmanship that has characterised production throughout the ages. To this day, all of the development phases take place exclusively in the Barbini workshop and are personally overseen by Nicolò’s heirs, Vincenzo and Giovanni, and by their respective sons, who constantly reinterpret this inestimable wealth of skill, techniques and secrets.

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 Calle dietro gli Orti 7,
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.