Gondolas in VeniceA tradition dating centuries, stories of gondoliers, romanticism and song, Gondolas are one of the strongest symbols of Venice.
If you ask somebody who never visited Venice what images are evoked, it is a fair wager that he will speak to you about the gondolas.
And their history is as beautiful as Venice, guardians of the secrets of the ladies...
But the gondoliers always have been, and in any case still in the recent tradition, the genuine guides of Venice, knowing the history of its palaces, of its bridges...
Theophile Gautier and the Gondolas of Venice
« The gondola is a natural production of Venice, an animated being having its special and local life, a fish species which can remain only in the water of a canal.
The lagoon and the gondola are inseparable and complement one another.
Without the gondola, Venice is not possible.
The city is a madrepore and the gondola is its mollusk.
Only the gondola can wind through the inextricable network and infinite capillarity of her watery streets. »
Théophile Gautier translated from Italia 1855