Mario Berta Battiloro is the last craftsman left in Europe able to transform manually gold into tiny sheets, an ancient profession that arrived in Venice from Byzantium back in the 11th century.
In the small atelier, finely decorated with 24K gold, Marino, together with his wife Sabrina and their two daughters Eleonora and Sara, creates the precious gold foils that are largely used in the art, beauty, and food industries.
This fascinating “gold-beating” technique is used, in fact, in many ways; from the San Marco Cathedral in Venice to the latest creations of the most famous Michelin-stared restaurants, from the Golden Martini to the sought-after 24K golden beauty mask, Mario Berta’s products are well-renowned in the luxury industry all over the world.
Located in the Cannaregio district, the building was the former home to the famous Renaissance painter Tiziano Vecellio. Book a private visit in order to see how liquid gold is transformed into the most amazing artistic creations & ask for fun trivia about the gold industry.
The trick to check if the gold foil is pure metal is to place it in front of a light source: only if it is in 24-karat gold will it let a green light filter through.