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The gondola is the oldest and most famous Venetian boat in the world. Even today, it continues to populate the Venetian canals and remains an icon of the city.

What today has become a famous Italian symbol and an expensive tourist attraction was originally a boat solely for domestic use, commonly used by Venetian families to move around the city.
Its particular construction features make it a unique vessel throughout the world. Its asymmetric structure, the typical “iron of the gondola”, the comb with 6 teeth (prongs) reminiscent of the 6 sestieri (neighbourhoods) in which Venice is divided, and the black colour are just some of its typical characteristics.

The gondola comprises 280 different pieces, manufactured with 8 types of wood and its construction usually takes more than a year.


In an ancient shipyard founded in 1884, where gondolas were built for the Royal Savoy, the Prefecture, the City of Venice, the Police Headquarters and the Carabinieri Command, you will see with how a gondola is built, and you will understand what makes it so fascinating.

During this experience dedicated to the taste of touch and Italian symbols, you will discover this world as well as the history and tradition linked to it.



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The offer includes:

  • Visit to the shipyard – about 1 h
  • Talk about the current processing phase and theoretical explanation of the other working steps illustrated on a 1:10 scale model

The experience is offered in English. For other languages please contact

Transportation and transfers not included.


WHERE: Veneto – Venice, historical center
The meeting point will be confirmed at the time of booking.

WHEN: from Monday to Friday
For weekends or bank holidays, please contact .

TIME: 10:00 am – about 1 hour

The experience is offered for up to 30 people.

Comfortable clothing is recommended.

For special needs or food intolerances please contact

The images are examples of the proposed activity.

The tour should normally be booked at least a week in advance.