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Venice Craft Heritage tour to see Venice gondola dockyard
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Venice Craft Heritage

430,00 470,00 

Venice Craft Heritage tour offers the opportunity to discover the history of the most  typical Venetian boat: the gondola. Strolling around the off-the-beaten-paths you will visit  one of the few dockyards where gondolas are still created in the present day. The tour will continue to the workshop where oars and the forcola are made.

First available date: 30 11 2017

Product Description

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 service of a certified tour guide for 2 hours
  • the admissions to the craft workshops
  • the gondola ferry fee

Additional Information

No. of People

1-8, 9, 10, 11, 12