Visit of the Venetian artisans


The fabrics of Mariano Fortuny and the Giudecca island

Mariano Fortuny was a multifaceted artist: painter, photographer and famous creator of fabrics and avant-garde clothes appreciated by noblewomen and actresses. The artist began to decorate by hand his fabrics in the palace Pesaro degli Orfei and then moved the activity in the factory on the island of Giudecca, where it is still located. During this visit you will admire the Fortuny fabrics still produced today with the original designs of Mariano Fortuny, the hidden surprising garden of the palace and learn the story of this Spanish artist who loved Venice and to which he bequeathed his house-palace. The visit will also be an opportunity to discover the island of Giudecca with its architecture, the Mulino Stucky and art galleries as well as Venetian crafts.

Duration from 2 to 4 hours. You can reach the island by vaporetto or water-taxi.

Building a gondola

Guided tour to a gondola boatyard

The gondola and the gondoliers are a part of the history of Venice, but how was the gondola born? Where, with which materials are they made and who builds these boats? The visit will answer to these questions and will take you to discover one of the ‘squeri’, typical shipyard still active in the city. You will see how gondolas are made and which kind of wood are used. During the visit of the sestiere (district) of Dorsoduro, you will also see one of the few ‘remeri’ ( oars-maker) still active in the manufacture of oars and rowlock, fundamental parts of the gondolas. It is a visit to discover the Venetian craftsmanship for adults and children of all ages. Duration 2 hours. for information on these guided tours contact me:

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Venetian palaces

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The basilica of San Marco and the Doge’s palace