The gondola is one of the most ancient and distinct symbols of Venice. It is famous all around the world and loved by many tourists and by the venetians too: everyone dreams to explore the lagoon city riding on a gondola.
Its construction doesn’t really have a date of birth: its shape developed gradually over the centuries until it acquired its appearance. Its development was influenced by the necessity of boats that are capable of navigating in shallow waters and in narrow waterways without the risk of running aground. The Venice Rowing itself, which is the technique of rowing by standing in the posterior part of the gondola, is the result of the Venetians’ needs.
The gondola is composed of 280 pieces made of eight different kinds of wood and in the past it was built in small constructions sites called squeri. The building itself takes up to a year or more. The boat has an asymmetric shape because it simplifies the gondolier’s operation with just one oar. The black colour is linked to the old practice to use pitch in order to waterproof the hull.
Come to Venice to enjoy a ride on a gondola and a good meal at the Marciana Restaurant.
To book a table, call the number: +39 041 5206524
We’re open from Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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