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Squero di San Trovaso, Venice

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One of the few dry docks in Venice, Squero di San Trovaso attracts many with its traditional gondola repair service. Watch the gondolas drift by while enjoying a snack from one of the small tapas restaurants that line the square. You may even get a chance to see a traditional wooden gondola being built by hand. The boatyard offers travelers a trip on a bragozzo, a traditional fishing boat from the 18th or 19th century, down the lagoon of Venice. If you are traveling with a group of 25 or more, tours can be booked to visit inside the boatyard, where you'll witness exquisite craftsmanship. Put Squero di San Trovaso and other Venice attractions into our Venice online trip builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • At the corner of the square, there is the workshop where they produce and repair gondolas in traditional style. We learned that gondolas are in banana shape and their left side is longer. 
    At the corner of the square, there is the workshop where they produce and repair gondolas in traditional style. We learned that gondolas are in banana shape and their left side is longer.  more »
  • Great break from the cultural and historical sites to see what it takes makes this city continue to work! Really enjoyed this short stop! Need to email in advance to reserve a tour. 
    Great break from the cultural and historical sites to see what it takes makes this city continue to work! Really enjoyed this short stop! Need to email in advance to reserve a tour.  more »
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  • The Squero di San Trovaso is one of the oldest and most famous Venetian squero (boatyards), where gondolas are built and repaired. A wonderful place where we can enjoy and imagine the history of building beautiful gondolas. Gondolas delight me and that is why it is a real pleasure to be where they are built. It is located in the sestiere di Dorsoduro, along the Rio di San Trovaso.The Squero di San Trovaso rises along and dates back to the seventeenth century. It is one of the very few squeri still in operation in Venice. The term squero derives from "squadra" (team), in dialect squara, a work tool. Here it is possible to see the distinctive square inclined towards the channel for the access of boats and a wood construction, called "tesa", used to work at the shelter from the rain and as a deposit of tools. The building, like the other squeri, is reminiscent of mountain houses, here lived the master craftsmen from the Cadore areas, from which the timber for the construction of the boats came. Precisely in yards like this one can admire the particularities of the Gondola such as its longitudinal asymmetry that allows a single driver to maneuver it while standing on the transom, "poppa" (hence the Venetian name of the gondoliers called Pope).
  • Purveyor of the iconic gondolas of Venice, but I guess it's also a full service maintenance shop. Same location for centuries and stays true to its art form.

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