This is Not Just a Gondola

This is not Just a GondolaTaking a different walk early in the morning through the neighborhoods of Venice always brings surprises. I was wandering through Sestiere Santa Croce window shopping, looking for great Kodak moments when a small shop with a tiny gondola which appeared to be made of recycled soda cans caught my eye. I was still peeking through the window when the owner arrived. We said hello and he began explaining what he and the cooperative does. He is passionate about the work of the group and what it means to the people.

Massimo Renno,Fair Trade,Cooperative,Green Travel

Meet Massimo Renno, President, Filo

Massimo’s pride is the cooperative, founded in 1989 with Venetian leather artisans, supporting the disadvantaged, young people with problems. Their objective is helping these people work towards autonomy and finding their place in society, each contributing according to their capabilities. The affiliate organization which has a shop at the foot of the Rialto Bridge in prime retail property is Botteghe del Mondo where the focus is on teaching skills to the underpriviledged and helping children! 

Textiles from Marocco

Textiles, Wood, Leather – all Typical Handcrafted Products

The bright colors of their products will draw you in, the quality and the story behind will keep you there. The hand-made sandals are produced by a non profit cooperative in Palestine with local materials to help fund education and social services for children in Palestine refugee camps. The brightly colored handbags are handmade by a local cooperative, Coop Filo, near Venice working with disadvantaged and troubled youth. The gondolas are made by this creative group using recycled cans with so much detail. They are irresistible!

Bright and Colorful - One of a Kind

Bright and Colorful – One of a Kind

And that’s the story, these gondolas mean much more to the people who make them. They represent their future!

So if you are in Venice, stop by and take a look. Purchase a souvenir which will make you feel good and support a great cause.

  4 comments for “This is Not Just a Gondola

  1. Susannah
    August 10, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    The shop looks lovely and I would like to go there next year when we are in Venice. What is the exact address please and name of the shop? I have never been to venice. If I am reading this correctly there are two shops–?

    • August 10, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      The shop easiest to find is the one nearest to the Rialto Bridge, on the side closest to the Rialto Boat Stop, and same side of the canal as San Marco. just off Campo San Bartolomeo.
      Botteghe del Mondo-Coop Filo, Salizada Pio X, 5164 Ponte di Rialto, 30124 Venice (Venezia in Italian); Tel: 041 522 7545; Open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm/2:00 to 7:30 pm, Sunday from 10:30 to 1:30 pm/ 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

  2. Regina
    August 31, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    As I will never get to Venice, they should have a shop on Etsy. It fills their purpose perfectly & they would reach so many more to support their cause.
    The gondolas are really colorful look like they would be a great remembrance of Venice!
    As always, I enjoyed the blog!

    • August 31, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks, glad you enjoy our blog. It is a great idea for them to have an online shop so they could reach more people. I will suggest to the them. There are issues, shipping, customs, but perhaps I can help them resolve so they can easily ship in the US. I will give it a try!

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