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“A Legacy of Piegaro”
Review of Museo del Vetro

Museo del Vetro
Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Piegaro
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Owner description: A old glass factory (XIXth century) where you can discover the history of glass production in Piegaro (since XIVth century).
Reviewed 30 June 2016

Tom Webb, owner of L'Antica Vetreria, led us on a very interesting tour of this museum and former glass factory. We saw how sand was heated to form glass and how the workers extracted molten glass from the pool, which was heated by wood fire. We could see how they controlled the temperature of the blown glass as it cooled. So rudimentary and also complex was the production. The museum has fine examples of all the kinds of glass bottles, jugs, vessels, etc. It was a very interesting museum tour.

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Reviewed 29 November 2015

In 1292 the rulers of Venice decreed that all glass blowing was to move to the island of Murano, as this was a way to protect the city from burning from the glass workshops. The artists became virtual prisoners to their craft as the Venetians attempted to keep a monopoly on glass making and the blowers, under pain of death, were kept permanently on the island.
However, aided by local monks, two craftsmen did manage to escape and traveled south to Piegaro, near the shores of Lake Trasimeno. The sturdy walled town was an ideal place to establish their own furnaces and glass making business. They soon gained a reputation for producing quality glass; and, in 1312, their services were called upon to make the glass tiles used in the glass mosaics of the facade for Orvieto’s new Duomo.
This glass works continued until the beginning of WWII when it was occupied by German soldiers. This was a sad time in the history of Piegaro, for when Germans left, the beautiful Comune Palazzo building was mined and destroyed. Finally, in 1968, the 750-year history of glass making within the town center came to an end as the furnaces were shut down and left to cool.

We were a little disappointed in the Museum of Glass – did not have much there to see– we could see the ovens in which they formerly used to blow glass. The story is more interesting than the museum.

1  Thank Maggi713
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Reviewed 24 November 2015

Take your time and make sure to go to the lower level and poke your head into the area where the glass spilled out of the original furnace.

Thank Mark K
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Reviewed 16 July 2015

We learned a lot about glass-making in Italy by taking this tour, plus the views from the terrace beside the museum are quite lovely.

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Reviewed 14 July 2015

The Museo del Vetro was very interesting. The tour of the museum included showing where the glass was melted, old glass that still remains and many of the pieces of glass. Also, at the end of the tour there is beautiful jewelry made in the factory that is available to purchase. Over all this tour was very nice addition to our trip and I would highly recommend that you visit the Museo del Vetro during your trip to Piegaro.

1  Thank Twinsdidio
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