• Gondola
  • Batea a coa de gambero
  • Vipera
  • Batea concordiese
  • Gondola
  • Mascareta
  • Sandolo buranelo
  • Gondola
  • Renaissance Gondola
  • Topa

While many of the lagoon boats are disappearing the sanpierota is unexpectedly flourishing.

It is not unusual to see many sanpierote sailing an the lagoon, especially on holidays, or to see them moored in the rii (town canals), shining with varnish and with the immaculate appearance of a boat that has just left the yards.

The qualities that account for this popularity are those of sturdiness, reliability, roominess and relatively simple maintenance, which make it ideal as a family boat.

Moreover it is one of the last types of lagoon boat that are still craftsman-built in wood, and yet its price not exorbitant.

Its size varies from about 6 to 7 metres and its shape is characteristic of the Venetian coastal craft.

Its name, in fact, comes from its place of origin, San Pietro in Volta, which lies between the sea and the lagoon; in San Pietro it is simply called a sandolo.

It is used for fishing both within and outside the lagoon and can be rigged with one or two lug sails, like the topo.

Its shape, which is better adapted to the open sea, and its weight make it unsuitable for rowing with one oar, but it does well when rowed in the valesana fashion.

The stem is raked and its upper part has a distinctive outward curve, finishing in a rounded protuberance like a banana stalk. The transom is rather narrow and almost vertical.

The fore-deck extends for about one third of the length and is uded by fishermen as a working surface and a shelter.

The sides are flared but straight and are protected by a double rubbing-strake (massa and soramassa).

The sanpierota is very similar to Istrian fishing boats of the same size which are now almost nonexistent, and especially to the batana of Rovigno.

Strange to say, this similarity applies not only to the size and shape but also to the bright colours in which both types of boat were painted.


larch wood, oak, cherry wood and walnut

length: 66 cm

scale: 1:10

survey by U. Pizzarello (1980)