Squero San Trovaso

The age-old Squero di San Trovaso has been the place where traditional Venetian boats, in particular, gondolas, the city’s symbol all over the world, have been built and repaired since the 1600s. A magical place where Lorenzo, the current squerariól and owner, has been working for about thirty years. Considering how often these fascinating boats need maintenance, as the average lifespan is about fifty years, repairing constitutes a significant part of the activity. But the Squero also builds new boats, usually one per year. The building of a gondola, in fact, takes two to three months of non-stop work and 280 pieces of wood from eight different essences. No preliminary design or drawing, all the knowledge is handed down from one generation to the next, just like Lorenzo is doing with his son Alberto.

Squero San Trovaso

Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm by appointment
- http://www.squerosantrovaso.com

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