Venice Craft Heritage private guided tour provides an opportunity to visit the best known traditional craft workshops in Venice. You will discover the world of the most typical vessel in Venice: the GONDOLA.
For centuries the gondola was the chief mean of transportation. The noble families had several gondolas tied-up by the water door of their houses, as the old paintings by Canaletto show. Today in Venice only few Squeri (the gondola dockyards) are still in business and they are of high importance for the Venetian economy. Venice Craft Heritage tour includes a private exclusive visit to the oldest dockyard in activity.
The gondola, however, is not just a boat, it’s a system of different parts: the oar, the forcola, the ferro, the carved gilded decorations, and more. This requires the contributions of various craftsmen, each one with his own specialization.
You will see also the workshop of a carpenter specialized in making oars and forcole, the two elements on which the dynamic balance of the gondola is based on.
At the end of the tour, with all the experience you had, you’ll be ready to cross the Grand Canal on a gondola ferry!
DURATION: 2 hours
THE PRICE OF VENICE CRAFT HERITAGE GUIDED TOUR INCLUDES:
- the service of a certified tour guide for 2 hours
- the admissions to the craft workshops
- the gondola ferry fee