VENICE MASTER ARTISANS:
GONDOLAS AND MASKS
Venice Carnival mask
VENICE MASTER ARTISANS:
GONDOLAS & MASKS
Highlights of this tour:
TRAMONTIN GONDOLA DOCKYARD
TRAGICOMICA MASK MAKERS
PRIVATE WATERTAXI RIDE IN THE HEART OF VENICE
Due to its unique urban setting, Venice is an open-air stage, a place where everyone can be an actor.
This is one of the reasons why masks were so popular in Venice and why they were employed for different purposes.
We start our tour with a private water taxi ride to the extreme western end of Venice.
Here we meet Roberto Tramontin, the most celebrated of the four surviving gondola makers.
We will visit his “Squero,” where gondolas are still manufactured according to rules handed over from generation to generation.
He will tell us about his father, Nedis, and about his great grand-father, Domenico, who redesigned the gondola in 1884…
Raw materials, measures, proportions, shape, and color of the gondola are strictly agreed by the few boatyards left in the city.
Its unique asymmetrical design is adapted to the needs of the gondolier and to the peculiarities of Venice, a city with 150 canals, low bridges, shallow salt water and daily tides.
You will interact with the master artisan and get acquainted with the curiosities and the secrets of this historic job.
We proceed on foot to San Polo district to visit “Tragicomica” a 35-year-old mask workshop.
Here we’ll be greeted by Alessandra and learn about Carnival, theaters, “Commedia dell’ Arte,” the history of masks, their use and the way they differ from one another.
We’ll also view different stages in the mask making process, and many fascinating ways Alessandra, Gualtiero, Giuliana and the in-shop artisans decorate them in both traditional and contemporary styles.
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Throughout the centuries Venice has provided superior quality handmade products that were exported all over the world for the enjoyment of a privileged few. Today the simple word “Venice” still conjures up an atmosphere of sensuous luxury, sophisticated elegance, and a myriad of joyful tactile and visual sensations.
Silk fabrics, glass, paper, leather, wood, and marble are the most frequently used materials. Your guide will lead you to some of the traditional workshops where the tradition of handmade craftsmanship is authentic and alive.
Depending on the availability of the ateliers, we propose the following itineraries, each based on three hours tours.
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