Who wouldn't want to be the guest of a family who loves to party Italian style -that live in a gondola boatyard in the middle of Venice?
Arabella and her family may be fictional, but their boatyard home (also known as a "squero") where Mary spends one of the most amazing nights of her life was inspired by the incredible gondola boatyard at San Trovaso.
Built in the seventeenth century, it is thought to be one of the oldest of its kind in Venice and has been home to many generations of skilled boat-builders. Amazingly, the yard still builds and repairs gondolas to this day, fashioning them from eight different kinds of wood - mahogany, cherry, fir, walnut, oak, elm, larch and lime - as tradition dictates.
Although the boatyard isn't open to the public, anyone can enjoy a view of the gondola craftsmen at work from the opposite bank of the San Trovaso Canal.