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A Venetian gondola

A gòndola is a traditional Venetian sculling boat. Gondolas were for centuries the chief means of transportation within Venice and still have a role in public transport, serving as traghètti (ferries) over major canals. Gondola in Venice with Daniela Palacios. ... Gondola in Venice with Daniela Palacios. ... For other uses, see Venice (disambiguation). ... The GB coxless pair of Toby Garbett & Rick Dunn at Henley Royal Regatta 2004. ... For other uses, see Boat (disambiguation). ...


The gondola is propelled by an oarsman (the gondolier) who stands facing the bow and pushes, rather than pulls, a single oar. Contrary to popular belief the gondola is never poled, as the waters of Venice are too deep. A gondola for passengers may have a small open cabin, for their protection against sun or rain. A sumptuary law of Venice required that gondolas should be painted black, and they are customarily so painted now. An oar is an implement used for water-borne propulsion. ... Sumptuary laws (from Latin sumptuariae leges) were laws that regulated and reinforced social hierarchies and morals through restrictions on clothing, food, and luxury expenditures. ...


A gondolier, under Venetian law, must have been born in Venice to practice this profession.

Moored gondolas
Moored gondolas

It is estimated that there were several thousand gondolas during the 18th century. There are a few hundred today, most of which are for hire by tourists, while a few serve as traghetti or are in private ownership and use. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 750 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2605 × 2084 pixel, file size: 4. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 750 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2605 × 2084 pixel, file size: 4. ...


The construction of the gondola has continued to evolve until the late 19th century, when motorized boats began to replace gondolas in Venice. A gondola is long and narrow, with an asymmetrical outline to facilitate propulsion with a single oar, and a good deal of rocker (lengthwise curvature) to minimise the area of contact with the water. The oar or rèmo is held in an oar lock known as a fòrcola. The forcola is of a complicated shape, allowing several positions of the oar for slow forward rowing, powerful forward rowing, turning, slowing down and rowing backwards. The iron ornament on the front of the boat is called the fèrro. It serves to protect the prow from accidental damage, as decoration and as counterweight for the gondolier standing near the stern. Rocker may refer to: Rocker, a British, 1960s style or retro-motorcyclist [ UK usage mainly but growing internationally ] Rocker (archetype), a person who listens to rock and roll or Rock music [ North American and UK usage ] Surfing : Rocker refers to the curvature on the bottom of a surfboard, skimboard, bodyboard...

Gondolas parking
Gondolas parking

Gondolas are hand made using 8 different types of wood (fir, oak, cherry, walnut, elm, mahogany, larch and lime) and are composed of 280 pieces. The oars are made of beech wood and the left side of the gondola is made longer than the right side to counterbalance the weight of the gondolier. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1756x1144, 2725 KB)[edit] Description Gondolas parking in Venice. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1756x1144, 2725 KB)[edit] Description Gondolas parking in Venice. ...


Venetian tradition dictates that couples must kiss under every bridge for Eternal Love.

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Gondola - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (260 words)
A gondola is a small long, narrow boat with a high bow and stern, best known for its use in the canals of Venice.
In Venice the gondola is usually propelled by one or two oarsmen (known as gondoliers) who stand facing the bow.
A gondola for passengers has a small open cabin, for their protection against the sun or rain.
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