Venice has a lot of secrets and a lot of unexplored corners like a small yet exceptional museum, scarcely known and thus almost a secret, which contains unique old Venetian boats. The world of traditional Venetian boats can be considered as a sort of cultural heritage which would have disappeared were it not for the work and passion of the Venetian association, with the dantesque name of ‘Arzanà’ (Arsenal in Venetian dialect), that for the last ten years has been safeguarded, preserved and studied. Once upon a time a huge variety of boats sailed up and down the Venetian canals: in fact in 1600 there were nearly 10.000 boats all around the Laguna, gondole di pirata, gondola di cassata, caorline, sandali, etc. With the advent of the first motor boats, the heritage of traditional boats was in danger of being lost but with the aim to prevent typical Venetian boats from falling into oblivion the Arzanà Association acquired the old Squero (the place where small boats were built in the past) ‘Casal dei Servi’ in Cal delle Pignatte in Cannaregio, that has been transformed into an exceptional little ‘living museum’. Please be aware that you shall find a unique boats collection inside the museum, built all with an old artisanal and almost lost workshops. One of the strongest pieces in the collection is the gondolin da fresco, the only example in the world which remains in perfect condition. This type of gondola, used for ‘strolls’ on the water in the summer, was often made less weighty in order to be faster. The Hotel Alle Guglie is very closed to this unique museum and our reception shall be more than please to let you have all the necessary information to visit it. Do not forget to visit our Special Offer page to find the proper offer for your next vacation in Venice.