Gondola Factory Visit
You will meet your Captain at ship dock or at tender mooring; he will wait for you handling the Onirikos arrival board.
He will drive you to the squero - boatyard - where you will meet your Professional Guide in order to experience a unique excursion. During your Venice walking tour, you will have the chance to visit a squero, a typical venetian building site where you create, build and repair vessels of small size as gondolas, pupparini, sandoli, sciopòni and other boats typical and traditional of Venetian lagoon.
The term squero comes from the word "squara" that indicates a team of people working together to build boats or can derive from the tool, widely used in this job.
Putting together one of the renowned sleek black boats is a fascinatingly exact science that is still done in the revered traditional manner and you will have the chance to experience it. Back in the 16th century heyday of the gondola, there were upwards of 10,000 of these elegant boats plying the waters of Venice’s canals. Today there are but 350, and the job of gondoliere is still a coveted profession, passed down from father to son over the centuries.
There are also few precious squeri left in the city. The squero is surrounded by Tyrolian-looking wooden structures, a true rarity in this stone city built on water, and an oddity shared by most squeri, that are home to the multiple-generational owners and original workshops for the traditional boats.
After the visit your Captain will escort you back to the Port.