Green Gondola in Venice
A gondola covered with a green tarp can be seen on this acrylic fridge magnet. This magnet is a nice Venice souvenir and you can purchase it from world-wide-gifts.com. Venice is a breathtaking Italian city and is home to several amazing tourist destinations. One of the best attractions of Venice is commuting via a gondola; gondolas are certainly the highlight of Venice and tourists love travelling in them.
Some Info about Gondolas
Gondolas are the most commonly used watercrafts in Venice and have been used as transportation means for a long time. The gondolier propels a gondola; a gondolier is a person who rows the gondola with a sharp forward stroke followed by a backward one. Often gondolas have a small cabin known as "felze."; felze is built to shelter the passengers from bad weather and the cabin also has venetian blinds.
During the seventeenth and eighteenth century, there were around ten thousand gondolas in Venice but their quantity has decreased over the years; today, there are about four to five hundred gondolas in Venice. Almost all of the gondolas in Venice are used by tourist companies, used for gondola racing, or hired out to people for weddings.
Construction of Gondolas
A gondola is handmade and is constructed by using eight different kinds of wood: cherry, elm, fir, larch, lime, mahogany, oak and walnut. Gondolas comprise of two hundred and eighty pieces; its oars are created from beech wood; its left side is made slightly longer than the right one as this asymmetry enables the gondola to fight back from turning towards the left when the gondolier makes the forward stroke.