Venice: Gondola Making Workshop

Venice: Gondola Making Workshop

From $78.23 per person

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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Free cancellation
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Duration 1 hour
Starting time 12:00 PM
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Italian, English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • 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
Full description
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
    COVID-19 precautions

    Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Customers must bring their own headphones
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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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.
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    5 / 5

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    If you like Venice, this meeting is essential. Let you explain how the forcole are created, all unique ... A work of craftsman told with a lot of passion and authenticity ...

    July 23, 2020

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    Product ID: 270362