The unsophisticated and friendly Hotel al Soffiador is located on Murano, the famous Island of Glass, in the romantic and picturesque Venetian Lagoon. The hotel takes its name from the thousand year-old craft of glass blowing and the ‘soffiador’ that is the name given to the master craftsman who uses a long pipe to blow the glass to create his works of art.
Murano’s central location in the Lagoon and the regular round-the-clock public transport system allows visitors to reach not only Venice with ease, but also all of the Lagoon’s other enchanting islands such as Burano, Torcello, Sant’Erasmo and the Lido. At the same time a stay on this small island, far from the busiest tourist thoroughfares, offers you the chance to savour a one-of-a-kind experience, a slower pace of life and an atmosphere of times gone by.
The Hotel is situated on an avenue that has an abundance of shops – selling beautiful glass objects and masques – as well as numerous exhibition rooms and glass kilns where it is possible to watch master craftsmen at work as they blow their glass. This same avenue is also the location of the Abate Zanetti School of Glass, the Municipal Library and the Glass Experimental Station.
The Island of Murano is steeped in history and rich in museums and churches. Just a stone’s throw from the Hotel is the interesting Barovia & Toso Museum and the Church of St Peter the Martyr where it is possible to see the paintings of Giovanni Bellini and Tintoretto. A little further away are the Museum of Glass and the Basilica of the Saints Maria and Donato, famous for its distinctive apse and mosaic flooring.
The hotel also has a large outside terrace that during the warmer months of the year is the ideal place to sample traditional dishes or have a drink whilst experiencing the peace and tranquillity of this magic island.