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Venice: Gondola Making Workshop

Product ID: 270362
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Experience a unique interaction with Piero Dri, one of the few artisans that still creates the famous Venetian gondola’s forcola: a type of rowlock used by the gondolier to move the boat along the canals.
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Duration: 1 hour
Starting time 12:00 PM
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  • Meet a true Venetian artisan and experience the city from a local perspective
  • Admire a traditional forcola workshop from the inside
  • Discover the legendary art of forcola making
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Meet Piero in his workshop in the heart of Venice and learn all about the process of creating this magical Venetian item from beginning to end. Listen to your host as he reveals the history, secrets, and legends of Venice's gondoliers and their precious gondolas. 

Watch as this unique piece takes shape before your eyes, in the same centuries-old design as when it was first invented. See how each forcola varies from the others as it is specifically designed for its personal gondolier according to their height and rowing needs.

Enjoy this unique opportunity to experience Venice like a local, discovering the legendary art of making a forcola.
  • Live commentary by the artisan
  • Live forcola making demonstration
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Il Forcolaio Matto - Forcole, Calle dell'Oca, 4231, 30121 Cannaregio, Venezia VE, Italia From Campo Santo Apostoli, a few minutes from Rialto, go straight on Strada Nova until you reach Campo Santa Sofia. On your left you will see Santa Sofia Gondola Landing stage. Turn right onto a narrow street and you will find the Il Forcolaio Matto workshop.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
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• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility.

From US$ 76.33 per person

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Product ID: 270362