The blacksmith’s craft – private tour with cocktail
A detailed tour in a historical forge of Venice, led by the members of a family of blacksmiths who are handing down their fascinating trade since two hundred years. Afterwards, meet for a “fair trade” cocktail in Campo Santa Margherita.
WHY DID WE LIKE THIS EXPERIENCE SO MUCH?
Because your visit to Venice will be much more special if you experience its craftsmanship
Because the blacksmith’s art is one of the oldest and most laborious art in Venice
Following the workshop’s visit, you will enjoy a fair trade aperitif in Campo Santa Margherita
They used to call it the Devil’s trade…
Cross the doorstep of an old forge and you might feel somewhat uneasy. The smell of melted metal in the large furnace will let you know that you have entered an unknown world. Then, seeing the blacksmiths in action while they shape and hammer the red-hot glowing iron will remind you of old customs. Here is where one of the most important part of the Venetian gondola, the gondola prow, comes to life!
The last blacksmiths
Discover this ancient and fascinating craft by exploring the oldest forge of Dorsoduro, a place of tradition, expertise and passion. Existing since 1682, it is one of the latest forges left that are still operating in Venice.
Fire and water… the true soul of Venice, which would not exist without the blacksmiths who forged its metal tools and structures, reinforcing and embellishing its buildings as well as its boats. The blacksmiths’ guild used to be one of the oldest guilds in the city where there has been up to two hundreds forges. Thus, Calle dei fabbri indicates that many blacksmith shops were located in that area.
This family business has kept on passing down the trade to its family members, and they invite you to their shop to tell you about the old blacksmith tradition, showing you their techniques and providing explanations along as well as demonstrations of how to forge metal and old tools still in use nowadays. Blacksmith’s craft has flourished in Venice for centuries. What remains is a complex, yet fascinating story.
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If you would like to discover more about another ancient form of art in Venice, you can read:
- Battiloro – Goldsmith’s workshop Where gold come to life through different applications!
€ 23.00 / per person (min 10 – max 20) ** Prices include an aperitif
From Monday to Saturday at 5.30 pm
Included / Excluded
Visit at the shop and meeting with the blacksmiths; in basic English and basic French.
‘fair-trade’ cocktail at the end of the tour.
Specialized/technical translation services to book upon request (extra cost).
Anything not listed in the ‘included section’.
- Up to 7 days before the activity: a 20% cancellation fee will be applied
- After that and up to 48hr before the activity: a 50% cancellation fee will be applied
- We regret that no reimbursement will be possible for cancellations in the last 48hr before the activity and in case of NO SHOW
Other practical information
Private tour for a minimum of 5 people up to a maximum of 20.
At the end of the visit, you will be offered a “fair trade” drink near Campo Santa Margherita (Dorsoduro).
Cocktail is included.
Meeting Point EN
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