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Squero: visit the gondola boatyard!

Visit a squero in Venice to explore the world of Venetian gondolas. You will discover the uniqueness of a trade that is becoming increasingly rare in Venice itself, but still very present in the imagination of visitors from all over the world.


Un’esperienza autentica nel cuore del centro storico

Perché permette di scoprire tutti i segreti della gondola

Perchè è ottima da fare in gruppo, in famglia o con le scolaresche!


Squero Venice: visit the home of the gondola!

The squeri of Venice are situated in one of the most atmospheric corners of this city, and this is where somethings that are unique in the world to Venice and its lagoon are created. The rowing boats of Venice – the venetian gondolas! On this tour you can go right  into a squero boat yard and learn how this skill has been handed down for generations. Find out how a gondola comes to life and all the secrets of this ancient trade!

Squero Venice gondola:  the home of rowing boats

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the gondola? Let’s start with the term “squero”, which in the Venetian dialect identifies one of the most typical workshops in the Venice lagoon: that of the gondolas! The squero differs from a usual workshop in that it is open towards the canal on two sides. Work tools and everything else needed by the craftsman, including oars, are in plain sight!

You can visit the craftsman’s workshop al squero, and be inspired by our guide, the shipwright! He is a man who has learned the secrets of the trade and passes them down skillfully to the other artisans. Visit this place where everything is made of wood, including oars and even rowlocks, fenced on two sides and facing towards the canal, to allow the launch of the most famous boat of Venice – the gondola!
This is a special place where all the skills of constructing the boats from wood and gondola repair are learnt. And you will learn what happens too!

Gondolas awaiting repair at the Squero di San Trovaso

Visit a Venetian squero: see authentic activities of the Venice lagoon!


If you are looking for authentic Venetian experiences and unusual activities to do, then a trip to a gondola workshop is definitely an experience for you! Did you know that the shape of the gondolas and their typical black color were ordered by the municipality of Venice? The shape which was finally  adopted was proposed by the very squero that you will visit on this trip! It is the oldest one of all where the profession has been handed down for generations.
The visit lasts one hour and is suitable for both adults and children. The mastercraftsman will guide you through the oldest Venetian squero and even give you a small practical demonstration! Feel free to ask him any questions, he will be happy to try an answer them!

The Squero of san Trovaso: the master craftsmen of the Zattere promenade!

The squeri are the famous workshops where gondolas are manufactured and undergo maintenance. Originally, these workshops were all located on the Grand Canal, just to emphasise  their overriding importance to the city, but nowadays only two of them still exist in the center of Venice: San Trovaso and Tramontin.Of the squero of venice, di san Trovaso is one of the squeri still working in Venice, located in the Zattere area, a few steps from the Giudecca Canal! A typical wooden construction covered by a sloping roof, is what you will see at first. Located behind the Church of San Trovaso, which houses a famous painting by Tintoretto, this squero is characterized by its unusual architecture, as it is an atypical shape. It can be viewed from the outside but you can’t go in it,

Boatyard visit: the making of a Venetian gondola – book a tour online.

During this one-hour visit, you will enter the world of the famous Venetian gondola builders, who can build a customised boat for each gondolier, which are then used in the canals. This trade has disappeared almost everywhere else in the world, but it still remains very important in Venice.

The visit will allow you to get to know the history of Venetian gondolas, and the traditions of the master boat builder. You will watch the craftsmen repairing a gondola, and they will showing you how everything is made to fit together.

  • Experience available for individuals or groups: min. 1 person, max. 30 persons
  • Activity suitable for all ages.


  • 150 EUR/service.

The experience is also available as a group tour on Saturday! Click on Boatyard visit: see how a Venetian gondola is made, and book your ticket for the group tour!





    1 hour


    Monday-Friday from 8 a.m to 5 p.m.

    Spoken Languages

    • Italian
    • French

    Included / Excluded

    Included :

    Boatyard visit

    Excluded :

    Everything not specified above.

    Sales Conditions

    In case of cancellation, you pay a penalty of 10% of the entire cost.
    No refund in case of “NO SHOW”, i.e. you are not present at the time and place of the Boatyard visit.

    Other practical information

    Experience available for individuals or groups: min. 1 person, max. 30 persons.
    Activity suitable for all ages.

    The experience is also available as a group tour on Saturday! Click on Boatyard visit: see how a Venetian gondola is made, and book your ticket for the group tour!

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