Where Gondolas Born by paolo1955

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Squero di San Trovaso – Dorsoduro District – Venezia – Italia

This small boatyard is one of the few remaining sites in Venice where gondolas are still built and repaired.

About the Boatyard

The tiny boatyard known as the Squero di San Trovaso was
established in the 17th century.It sits beside the Church of San Trovaso and close to the Accademia Bridge. The small wooden structures visitors view at the yard are Tyrolean in style since workers came originally from an area around Cadore, in theDolomites, an Italian section of the Alps.The boatyard has been home to the workshops of many generations of gondola builders, skilled in the specifics of crafting Venice’s famed boats, which carry scores of visitors through the canals of this fine city.
Statistics show that there are about 350 gondolas on the canal each day (there were once 10,000!) and many of them are repaired at the Squero di San Trovaso, which has become more of a repair facility than a building yard. On occasion, however, a new gondola is built here, fashioned from seven different kinds of wood – mahogany, cherry, fir, walnut, oak, elm, and lime – as tradition dictates. The boatyard is not open to the public so you can only catch a glimpse of what’s going on by watching from across the rio San Trovaso.

About the Gondola

Gondolas are built according to an exact science that has been around for hundreds of years. All the gondolas in Venice are built or repaired at just 3 remaining boatyards, of which Squero di San Trovaso is one. It also happens to be the
oldest facility of its kind in the city.
Since the 16th century, all gondolas must be painted black in accordance with a sumptuary law passed during that era, imposed because the gaudiness of the decorations on the gondolas was getting out of hand. Today, only an iron symbol of the city is affixed to the bow and a small wood carving secures the oar, making the boats quite simple and plain.
Gondolas contain no modern equipment to propel them through the water. A single gondolier stands in the back left-hand side of the boat and propels it with a single oar.
Not everyone can be a gondolier. In Venice, it is considered a noble profession that has been passed down from generation to generation through the centuries.

Nikon Coolpix 990 – October – 17 – 2000

Hi buddies.I’m Paolo from Italy,love to take photographs and experiment new techniques.When I play with my camera I’m like a kid in a candy shop

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 5 years ago

    WOW Paolo, a marvellous timeless capture my friend. Don.

  • Hi Don,I appreciate your comment and for you taking the time to stop by.

    – paolo1955

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 5 years ago

    P.S. Looks almost like a pencil sketch.

  • I admit…I played alittle with photoshop :-)

    – paolo1955

  • Linda Miller Gesualdo
    Linda Miller G...over 5 years ago

    Wonderful work Paola :-)

  • Hello Linda,Thank you so much for your much appreciated comment.

    – paolo1955

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 5 years ago

    Oh wow, gorgeous…..simply gorgeous

  • Ola Sean,Thanks for popping by ,and leaving your comments, much appreciated.

    – paolo1955

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoover 5 years ago

    love this little spot very much. I’ve often passed it a dusk and seen the craftsman at work by light on his treasures. Nicely done in B&W

  • Thank you so much for your much appreciated comment.

    – paolo1955

  • raymondoantonio
    raymondoantonioover 5 years ago


  • Grazie infinite Antonio

    – paolo1955

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 5 years ago

    Greetings Paolo; Wonderful story and great image to go along with it !

  • Thank you so much for your much appreciated comment.

    – paolo1955

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 5 years ago

    Good image, and writeup. Your choice of sepia fits perfectly.

  • Hi FL,Thanks for popping by ,and leaving your comments, much appreciated.

    – paolo1955

  • solare
    solareover 5 years ago

    Beautiful Photo,, the gondolas on their sides give me the impression of whales beached on a shore.

  • Hello Sabrina,Thank you so much for your much appreciated comment.

    – paolo1955

  • andreisky
    andreiskyover 5 years ago

    Absolutely superb captrue Paolo!

  • Hi Andrei,I truly appreciate your most kind comments here.

    – paolo1955

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