Traditional Venetian gondolas and other boatsLocal Traditions
Traditional Venetian gondolas and other boats
One of the major attractions in Venice is undoubtedly the Venetian gondolas and other small traditional boats that have plied the waters of the lagoon for centuries.
At one time almost all journeys were made by water and the Venetians invented a series of small boats suitable for all requirements of life in the lagoon. As well as the famous gondolas there is, for example, the pupparìn, a boat similar to the gondola but larger, which was used at the time of the Venice Republic as a prestigious boat for noble families and now is only used for racing; the topetta, was mainly used for freight and today is also equipped with an engine, etc...
The inhabitants of the Venice lagoon also devised a special way to row, which today is called alla veneta, and consists of rowing standing up, leaning forward and using one or two oars. These oars are perfectly smooth, without sleeves fasteners, and are based on an open rowlock for easy manoeuvring and steering since these small boats do not have the helm.
What remains today? There are still passionate craftsmen who repair old boats, oars and oarlocks, like the young Piero Dri, who recently opened his own shop near the Strada Nuova.
If the world of Venetian boats and rowing fascinates you, the short course: Rowing in Venice may be of interest to you by booking online at venetoinside.com.
Padua: Jacopo Marcello, the Captain who shouldn’t have died
Ca’ Marcello in Piombino Dese, Italy is a beautiful eighteenth-century Venetian villa still inhabited today by the Marcello Counts, a...View
Venice: The crypt of the church of San Simeone Piccolo
Unknown places & works
As soon as you leave the train station in Venice, you will see the imposing dome of the church of San Simeone Piccolo, renovated in the...View
Venice: The tomb of Antonio Canova in the Frari Cathedral in Venice
Mysteries & Legends
When visiting the splendid Frari Cathedral in Venice a pyramid can be seen in front of the church… Why is such a ...View