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 learning and Italian symbols, you will discover this world as well as the history and tradition linked to it.