Gondola shipyard Venice (Squero San Trovaso)
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The name of the company Squero San Trovaso is composed in this way. Squero is the Venetian word for gondola shipyard. San Trovaso is the name of the neighbouring church.
At first glance, the San Trovaso Gondola Shipyard is an unusual building for Venice. It is a building made of wood, in Venice everything else is built of stone. Many things remind of a carpentry. No wonder, the gondolas of Venice are made of wood.
In front of and inside the shipyard building, new gondolas are built and old ones repaired by the spectators on the other side of the canal in the Osteria Al Squero restaurant. The gondolas are at least 11 meters long and, according to a decree of the city of Venice, they are all black. The boats are built with several different types of wood.
The company Squero San Trovaso has existed for many generations. The knowledge how to build gondolas is passed on from generation to generation. It is not easy, it still takes 10 years to become a master gondola builder and be able to build gondolas on your own. The production of a gondola takes many months.
The spectators in the Osteria Al Squero are from all over the world and watch the work in the small shipyard with great enthusiasm. The gondola shipyard in Venice Squero San Trovaso is something of an insider tip among the tourist attractions of the lagoon city. The restaurant has pleasant prices. In Italy, an osteria is a place where mainly drinks and snacks are served.
Most guests drink coffee or a glass of wine
at the Al Squero Inn. Also popular are the cicchetti, a
specialty in Venice. They are small sandwiches, for
example with fish or sausage. You can try some of them,
they cost only 1.50 a piece (as of summer 2020).
The nearest vaporetto station (water bus stop) is Zattere and about 100 meters from the shipyard. Lines 2, 5.2. and 6 stop here.