Fornace Orsoni (VE)
Hidden in a little street street in the Cannaregio district, lies one of the most spectacular and best-kept secrets in Venice: since 1888 the furnace Angelo Orsoni, the oldest in the world of this kind, has been producing precious glass and gold mosaics for the most spectacular monuments in the world: from Westminster in London to the Golden Buddha in Bangkok, from the Theatre de l’Opéra de Paris to the Basilica of San Marco in Venice.
Where: Venice, in the Cannaregio district
When: office times, visits upon appointments
Why: the oldest mosaic furnace in the world, a real treasure of unique Italian craftsmanship set in a cool vintage factory
How: call to arrange for a private visit to the world-famous Orsoni’s “Color Library” where over 3,500 mosaics of different tones and shades are perfectly filed away.