Visiting the city of Venice you will have the memorable opportunity to admire our traditional venetian Gondola. In fact, as in the old times, many of the iconic black boats still navigate the Grand Canal and the minor canals of Venice. The elegant and sinuous black boats are famous all over the world and are commonly associated with Venice, a bit like pizza is associated with Naples. However, not many people know that gondolas truly carry the symbol of the city!
Ten things you never knew about gondolas
Gondola Venice : the symbol of our city
Angelino Sandri is a gondolier, which is not an especially promising career for the 21st century. But maybe it should be. Sandri, 40, has six other Venetian oarsmen working four imported Italian canoes on Lake Merritt. In the summer, he has a boat on the Napa River that he pilots himself.
Gondoliers are an important Venetian icon and remind us of a glamorous lifestyle. They represent one of the eldest trades in the city. It is a world where few locals, let alone foreigners, are a part of. In this post, I will share with you some insights from within this special circle, thanks to Roberto Nardin and Marie Ohanesian Nardin.
Gondoliers waiting for service, Piazza San Marco. Photo: Myra Robinson. Gondolas are a symbol of Venice. They look like huge black curly toed Turkish slippers afloat on the canals. Gondolas used to be covered, either for shelter or for anonymity for assignations.