This is one of my favourite spots in the city. I usually get there by walking along the Rio San Trovaso, near the Zattere, that flows into the Giudecca canal. That way I have on my right the best view of the Squero San Trovaso. “Squero” means the typical site where small boats typical of the Venitian lagoon, such as gondolas, pupparini, sandoli and many others are built and repaired. It is a craft and manual work, but also artistic. Today, unfortunately, not many construction sites like this are active in Venice and the Squero San Trovaso is one of the most significant remaining ones.
Everything in the Squero tells you about the complex and ancient art of building gondolas. I like to see the gondolas and other boats under repair or ready to enter the water, the storage for tools and the carpenters’ material.
It’s worth it to arrange a visit in the Squero to really understand what it means to live and move in the Venetian lagoon and how the water transport works and has impacted the whole city for centuries. Visits may be booked by email from Monday to Friday for groups of at least 25 people.