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Squero di San Trovaso, Venice

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#33 of 70 in Historic Sites in Venice
Historic Site Tourist Spot
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. Arrange to visit Squero di San Trovaso and other attractions in Venice using our Venice vacation builder.
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  • Tucked away a block north off the Zattere is this little square that is home to a Gondola yard. It first opened in the 1600's and is well worth the detour to search it out and look at how Gondolas are...  more »
  • We were taken here as part of a private tour (2 people). The guide acted as interpreter. Fascinating insight into how gondolas are built and maintained. I am not sure how you would access this visit b...  more »
  • Sitting outside on the canal, eating cicchetti and sipping on some wine while watching the Venetian gondola builders repair/build was such an enjoyable experience. Is only a short walk from Accademia ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The oldest place building gondolas
  • With a starting price of €35,000 (around €45,000 when pimped out) for a new gondola, you can only appreciate the effort that justifies the price by visiting the factory (calling this a factory feels like a disservice - they are craftsmen).
  • If you ever wondered what a gondola shipyard looks like, here you have it! You can only see it from across the canal, but anyway it is a quaint place that deserves a very short visit.
  • Costruzione gondole... Figo!

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