BY THE TRADITIONAL VENETIAN OARED VESSEL, YOU CAN TRAVEL ON THE CANAL AS IF YOU ARE LIVING IN THE PAST CENTURIES.
Gondolas are among the biggest reasons what make Venice a fairytale city without a doubt.
Gondolas that are used for transportation for centuries in Venice, the city of water, are the most important touristic elements of the city today. You can take a Venice tour, covering the Grand Canal, by gondolas. We are talking about the vessels that look like they are going to throw their gondoliers into the water any moment with their flat bottoms that suit the canals of the lagoon in the best way but look like a crescent when looked from outside the water. A gondola advances on the water with the help of its gondolier who uses an oar to push the gondola forward.
Handcrafted from fir, oak, cherry, walnut, elm, linden, larch, or mahogany trees, gondolas consist of 280 pieces. Oars are made only from beech tree. The ornament that takes place in front of a gondola called fêrro, which means iron, has the task to prevent the gondola leaning on left by counter balancing the gondolier who stands at the stern.
Once upon a time, only the wealthy could own gondolas and arguments on whose gondola was the prettiest by means of their colorful paintings were ordinary things. However, a new regulation was passed by the city administration in 1562. Gondolas must be painted in black only ever since.
Only 400 left
The number of gondolas used to reach fourteen thousand once, but today there are only four hundred left. You can take a gondola tour on the canals of Venice to see the structures of the city that dances with water. As you travel through the canals of Venice, which are sometimes as narrow as you can touch on both sides when you open your arms, you might feel yourself traveling in time back to many centuries ago within the silence and the buildings that kept their historical texture.