La Verrerie de Biot has the yellow jersey
Biot is an interesting medieval town, set in a beautiful location between Nice and Cannes and distinguished by its artisanal traditions in glass making.
Since the 1950’s, Biot has established itself as the epicenter of glass production in France. Founded by Eloi Monod in 1956, La Verrerie de Biot in particular has played an important role.
He invented the special technique of making “bubbled glass”, where air bubbles are insulated between two layers of glass to give the glass a very special look.
The unique manufacturing method in “bubbled glass” gives the glasses a very special touch
In the top 5 of the top 20 list
La Verrerie de Biot exports glass to most of the world today and is a “City-Must-Xee” if you like glass, bubbles and colours.
It is not without reason that the glassblower sits at the top of the top 20 list of the most popular attractions on the French Riviera.
Awarded with special brand
In 2005, La Verrerie de Biot was awarded the very special French state brand “Enterprise du Patrimoine Vivant”, which is a label (EPV) indicating that one possesses a very special know-how and unique creativity that distinguishes the company from the crowd.
Discover the history of the glass
There are several glass brushes in Biot that are also worth a visit (Pierini and Farinelli), but La Verrerie is by far the largest and contains several interesting experiences:
- Glassblower studio
- Biot Glass Ecomuseum
- Large showroom
- International Glass Gallery
Here you can experience all the aspects of the glass from start to finish, getting behind the façade of what it takes to become world class glassblowers.
Try blowing glass yourself
It you have the courage, you can have a try yourself at the art of blowing glass. Cost 48 euros.
How to train glassblowers
Becoming world class glassblowers require something special, and at La Verrerie de Biot the education starts as early as the age of 16-18.
The training requires 7 steps and takes 8-10 years before possessing the very special characteristics of a “Master Glassblower”.
Discover the large glass shop and bring home your favorite glass, bowl or vase.
Parking is fine at the glassblower; alternatively you can walk from the centre of Biot (about 1.5 km). On the way you will pass both the Farinelli and Pierini glassblowers.
Entrance 6 euros – children 3 euros
By Tommy Sverre – 2021
Daily: from 10 – 19
Sundays and public holidays: from 10:30 – 13:30 and 14:30 – 19
Daily: from 10 – 18
Sundays and public holidays: from 10:30 – 13:30 and 14:30 – 18
December 25 and January 1
Closed annually from 15 January to 27 January, both days inclusive