The Gondola originated in Venice, of all the differing watercrafts in Venice the Gondola is the most well known. It is an ancient row boat evolving over the last 1,000 years, to become the sleek, graceful shape you see today. Its unique, asymmetrical design allows just one oarsman to navigate the narrow venetian waterways using a single oar. The first mention of the boat called a Gondola was in 1904 in letters from a venetian republic official.
You will see the most beautifully decorated Gondola’s on the canals, they are really very special. It is a very inportant job to be a Gondolier, and young boy’s train from an early age to become a gondolier and have their our boats, or be master of a boat.