The gondola Makers of Venice
Step into the ancient artisan world of the gondola makers of Venice and gee how the gondola is made today by Venice’s top artisans.
Discover the history of the Venetian gondola
For years the gondola was the main means of transportation in Venice, before motor-powered boats. A flat bottomed, narrow, long boat with a slightly crescent shape rising at each end, they are powered by a ‘gondolier’. The gondolier uses a single oar, standing at the back “the stern” of the gondola to propel the boat forward. You can learn this technique in our “Learn to be a gondolier” experience!
Unique Gondola Makers Experience in Venice
In this Gondola Makers experience, you can meet one of the only 2 gondola manufacturers in Venice. An old artisan craft developed through centuries. Gondolas were first used in the 11th century but their design has changed a lot over the years. discover how in this unique gondola makers experience.
Vessels to navigate the wonder of the Venetian lagoon
It’s no easy task to create a vehicle to navigate the complex shallow venetian lagoon. Bringing around 20 million visitors each year the main transportation is “traghetti” – water taxis and gondolas through the lagoons with are in the place of roads. With over 400 bridges for pedestrians, the lagoons are wide and open in places but extremely narrow in others. Venice is a unique experience you have to experience in person – don’t forget the gondola is an integral part of visiting this magical city!
These gondola makers will show you the minute intricacies of the current-day gondola that makes it so perfect and efficient for it’s job – did you know it has an assymetrical shape down it’s length for helping it round the corners of the lagoons?!
A Sunset gondola ride and serenade to follow
Why not combine this experience with your very own gondola ride and serenade at sunset afterwards.