Venice: Boat Building, Bridge Fights and a Boat Legend
by Stefania Bufano
As I was researching locations for the recent Part 4 of Ye Bigge Sleepe, I concentrated on the Dorsoduro portion of Venice, because the Università Ca’ Foscari, one of the places that figured in the story is there. That jogged a memory from a walk The Counselor and I took there one afternoon, with only a general idea of a destination in mind.
We encountered this scene:
We’d happened upon Lo Squero di San Trovaso: “The Boat Builders of San Trovaso.”
In numerous trips to Venice, we’d seen hundreds of boats and ridden in a few, including gondolas. I’d never seriously wondered where gondolas come from, but that’s one place.
The boatyard is marked with a red flag near the bottom center of the map:
According to their website, the squero has been there since at least the 17th Century. The wooden architecture of the boatyard buildings isn’t typically…
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