The Gondola Maker

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About the Book

From the author of Made in Italy comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world\'s most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice. When Luca Vianello, the heir to a renowned gondola-making enterprise, experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details of gondola craftsmanship, along with an intimate first-person narrative set against the richly textured backdrop of 16th-century Venice.


The Gondola MakerThe Gondola Maker is distributed in all the major digital book formats.

Sixteenth-century Venice is the star of Laura Morelli’s well-crafted historical novel about the heir to the city’s most renowned gondola builder.
–Publishers Weekly Starred Review

The heir to a gondola empire rejects his birthright in this fascinating glimpse into Renaissance Venice.
–Kirkus Indie Book of the Month

I’m a big fan of Venice, so I appreciate Laura Morelli’s special knowledge of the city, the period, and the process of gondola-making. An especially compelling story.
–Frances Mayes, author, Under the Tuscan Sun

About the Author

LauraMLaura Morelli earned a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, where she was a Bass Writing Fellow and an Andrew W. Mellon Doctoral Fellow. She has taught college art history in the United States and Italy and has lived in five countries. She is the creator of the guidebook series that includes Made in Italy, Made in France, and Made in the Southwest, as well as the award-winning historical novel set in 16th-century Venice entitled The Gondola Maker. She is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Traveler, USA Today, and other national publications.