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Views 1574 at January – 21 – 2013


International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration or Cultural Property

Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List – Italy – Venice and its Lagoon 1987


Iso 400

Shutter Speed 1/250 sec

Focal Lenght 12mm

F-Stop f/8

Lens Nikon 12 – 24

Camera Nikon D300


Placed 3th in Your Country’s Best Group – January Avatar ~ Your Favorite Capture Challenge December – 29 – 2012


Featured in THE GROUP-GALLERY OF ART & PHOTOGRAPHY Group June – 10 – 2012


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Squero di San Trovaso

One of the most interesting (and photographed) sights you’ll see in Venice is this small squero (boatyard), which first opened in the 17th century. Just north of the Zattere (the wide, sunny walkway that runs alongside the Giudecca Canal in Dorsoduro), the boatyard lies next to the Church of San Trovaso on the narrow Rio San Trovaso (not far from the Accademia Bridge). It is surrounded by Tyrolean-looking wooden structures (a true rarity in this city of stone built on water) that are home to the multigenerational owners and original workshops for traditional Venetian boats. Aware that they have become a tourist site themselves, the gondoliers don’t mind if you watch them at work from across the narrow Rio di San Trovaso, but don’t try to invite yourself in.

The Art of the Gondola

Putting together one of the sleek black boats is a fascinatingly exact science that is still done in the revered traditional manner at boatyards such as the Squero di San Trovaso . The boats have been painted black since a 16th-century sumptuary law — one of many passed by the local legislators as excess and extravagance spiraled out of control.

Propelled by the strength of a single gondoliere, these boats, unique to Venice, have no modern equipment. They move with no great speed but with unrivaled grace. The right side of the gondola is lower because the gondoliere always stands in the back of the boat on the left. Although the San Trovaso squero, or boatyard, is the city’s oldest and one of only three remaining (the other two are immeasurably more difficult to find), its predominant focus is on maintenance and repair. They will occasionally build a new gondola (which takes some 40-45 working days), carefully crafting it from the seven types of wood — mahogany, cherry, fir, walnut, oak, elm, and lime — necessary to give the shallow and asymmetrical boat its various characteristics. After all the pieces are put together, the painting, the ferro (the iron symbol of the city affixed to the bow), and the wood-carving that secures the oar are commissioned out to various local artisans.

Although some 10,000 of these elegant boats floated on the canals of Venice in the 16th century, today there are only 350. But the job of gondoliere remains a coveted profession, passed down from father to son over the centuries.

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italy, scenery, landscape, paolo1955, water, bridge, venice, carnival, history, europe, monument, boatyard

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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Comments

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 3 years ago

    WOW! What a great capture. A FAV for me Paolo. Don.

  • Thanks so very much, so happy you like this, comments like yours make it all worth while!

    – paolo1955

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...over 3 years ago

    Such amazing light! Beautiful work.

  • Thanks for visiting and adding your kind comment

    – paolo1955

  • Winston D. Munnings
    Winston D. Mun...over 3 years ago

    Excellent work Paolo. Well done.

  • Hi Winston,Thanks my friends for your kind remarks in my photo.

    – paolo1955

  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoover 3 years ago

    Here is something different about Venice!! Congrats for the different photo and for the photo it self as well! Well done!

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

    – paolo1955

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks ever so much Audrey, always great to hear from you.

    – paolo1955

  • CanyonWind
  • Thanks ever so much for the feature Much appreciated, I am truly honored

    – paolo1955

  • jules572
    jules572over 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS! Paolo on your feature for this STUNNING! image…Jules…Favour

  • Hi my friend,Thanks so very much, so happy you like this, comments like yours make it all worth while!

    – paolo1955

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 3 years ago

    Excellent….as always!

  • Hi Karen how nice to hear from you, thank you so very much for the nice comment

    – paolo1955

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 3 years ago

    Great place to be.

  • I appreciate your visit And your kind comments

    – paolo1955

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture Paolo!! :)

  • Thanks my friend for your kind words and support.

    – paolo1955

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