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This tour will lead you to discover one of the most interesting areas of Venice: Dorsoduro, where past and present of Venice meet. This area has been for centuries the heart of gondolas artisanal production.
Your visit will start at the famous Accademia Bridge, the only wooden bridge in Venice. You will then walk towards San Trovaso church, one of the oldest in Venice. The building, that was there since the foundation of the city, is characterized by a double façade, a double entrance that allowed the two rival families of the area to enter the church from different doors.
Next stops will be the San Trovaso Squero and the Tramontin Squero. Squero ("boatyard") comes from the word "Squara" a team of people working together to create a boat. The San Trovaso lab is famous for its construction, as it looks exactly like a mountain house as its founders (as well as the wood) came from the Dolomiti Area. The Tramontin Squero company was founded on 1884 by Domenico Tramontin after he had learned the art of building gondolas in the Casal ai Servi boatyards. He made important changes to the shape of the boat, changes that had such widespread success that they were also adopted permanently by other gondola makers. The bottom was widened at the stern to compensate for the considerable weight of the gondoliers of the time, and the freeboard raised with a larger curve giving the boat a more elegant form. You will have the unique opportunity to enter a Squero and learn all the secrets of this art directly from the words of the master artisans. You will discover for example that each gondola is built according to the weight of its gondoliers and that all measures are taken not in meters but in "venetian feet" used since 1400.
The tour will end with a walk on the Zattere, Venice sunny promenade with is fantastic views on the Giudecca island. An interesting travel into the secrets of the boat known as a symbol of Venice all over the world.
Hotel pick-up and drop-off (ONLY if located in Historical Center); 2-hour walking tour available in English and Spanish; Private tour guide.
Hours of operation
Available Monday-Friday departing at 10:00am and 4:00pm.
Approximately 2 hours.
Meeting Point: HOTEL ONLY IF LOCATED IN THE HISTORICAL CENTER. If not, OLTREX OFFICE, located a few steps from St. Mark's Square, in Castello #4192, Riva degli Schiavoni (ground floor of Hotel Danieli – white building).
Small Private Group Tour with a minimum of 2 participants.
Comfortable shoes suggested.
Children 0-6 years of age participate free.
Cancellation: 3 days prior 100% penalty. No show always 100% penalty.
*2 PASSENGERS MINIMUM REQUIRED TO CONFIRM RESERVATION*
Clients must reach the meeting point 10 minutes before the departure time.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.
**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**