In the 11th century, the gondolas were first mentioned on Venice's canals. The origin of the word is not quite certain. Possible derivations from the Latin or Greek are: "cimbula" (small boat, boat), "concula" (cup), "kondylion" (box) or "kuntò" (drift, row, push). The first building plan of a gondola is from the 14th century. However, there was still no uniform design. Noble and patricians decorated their gondolas in all sorts of colors and with ornate decorations. The senate and the church were disturbed by this pomp, and in 1562 they issued a law which stipulated a uniform black color for all gondolas. There should be exceptions for feasts and for ambassadors. In Venice there were more than 10,000 gondolas in the 16th century.
1882-1884 the boat builder Domenico Tramontin developed a construction, which is still used today with modern gondolas. The most important feature of this design is a slight shortening of the side wall at the steering side. As a result, the backboard side is slightly more curved. Since the gondolier is on the left and row to the right, the curvature should prevent the boat from turning in a circle. A gondola is traditionally built from eight different woods. The black color is a special blend that exists only in Venice. The rowing fork is made in special workshops. A gondola consists of 280 parts and weighs 400-500 kilograms.
Length: 35 cm
Width: 13 cm
Height: 8 cm
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