Creation of the Forcola with a gondola’s craftsman
Activities

Creation of the Forcola with a gondola’s craftsman

Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian
Availability: From Monday to Friday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 1 hour
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Enjoy a unique activity to experience Venice as a local
  • Discover the legendary art of making a Forcola
  • Learn more about the history and legends associated with gondolas and gondoliers
What to expect

Enjoy an amazing experience with Piero Dri, one of the few artisans that still creates the famous gondola’s Forcola; this is a type of rowlock used by the gondolier to move the boat along the waterways and the Canal Grande. Each forcola is a unique piece since it is specifically designed for its personal gondolier according to his height and rowing needs.

Meet Piero in his workshop in the heart of Venice (5 minutes from Rialto Bridge) and begin your lesson; he’ll show you the procedure used to create this magic item. During the experience he will explain the history, reveal secrets and narrate legends of gondolas and Venetian gondoliers.

In front of your eyes the master artisan will create this unique Venetian artwork that has the actual shape after centuries of experimentation

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • What's included
    • Tour with live commentary
    Where

    Calle dell'Oca, 4231, 30121 Cannaregio, Venice VE, Italy

    Meeting point:
    • Il Forcolaio Matto
    • From Campo Santo Apostoli, go straight on Strada Nova until you reach “Campo Santa Sofia". On your left, you will see Santa Sofia Gondola Landing stage. Go right to a narrow street and you will find the workshop “Il Forcolaio Matto”, with a huge Forcola sign outside
    What to remember
    • The activity does not operate in case of exceptional high tide (it can be postponed later or to the day after, otherwise it will be refunded)
    • The tour will be held in both English and Italian
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    When
    • From 10th July 2019 to 31st October 2020
    • From Monday to Friday at 12:00 pm
    • The tour does not take place on the following dates: 8th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st December and 1st January
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    Provider
    Venice City Tour
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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