Orsoni Furnace: Venice’s most antique gold mosaic and Venetian enamel producer

by Elena Brunello

The oldest furnace in the world, the Orsoni's Furnace is located in the heart of the sestiere of Cannaregio and it reveals the secrets of the arts of glassmaking and gold pounding.

The Orsoni Furnace belongs to those Venetian attractions that one must see sooner or later. Located in a tiny alley within the sestiere of Cannaregio, few steps away from the Jewish Ghetto, it is the oldest enamel, mosaic, and gold leaf furnace in the world. Having started its production in 1888, it has been recently restored and opened to the public.

Founded by Angelo Orsoni, this furnace provided the material for some of the most majestic works of art in history: among these Westminster in London, Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice,  the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Palaces of Saudi Arabia’s kings, the Opera Theatre of Paris, and Bangkok Golden Buddhas. A huge Color Library holds more than 3,500 coded colours exhibited in the Furnace’s showroom. At Orsoni’s everything is handmade, hand cut, and hand coloured: this place is heaven for the “made in Italy”. A kaleidoscope into the Venetian art of glass making, Venice’s traditional craft, and gold pounding.

Orsoni Furnace



Open Mon-Fri 9.30am to 4.30pm


Call 041 24400023 or book online at www.orsoni-srl-reservio.com

Fornace Orsoni

Via Cannaregio 1045, Venice

Sestiere of Cannaregio

WATER BOAT: Vaporetto lines A (stop Guglie) and 2 (stop San Marcuola-Casinò DX)

+39 041 24400023


GPS: 45.4565786,12.354788
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