LA GONDOLA VENEZIANAThe gondola Venetian boat is the oldest known in the world.
Now become the symbol of a growing tourist attraction in Venice, the gondola continues to populate the Venetian canals and scarrozza groups of rowdy tourists in search of an emotion to tell.
Its name derives from the Latin “cuncula” or shell: 11 m long heavy 600 pounds, but easily operated with a single oar from the gondolier.
In addition to its reputation derivatale charm of the city in which it is typically used to reach different parts of the districts by water, is typically studied for its special design features which make it a unique boat in the world.
The structure is asymmetrical, with the left side larger than the right, then you can say that you surf always tilted to one side.
The asymmetry clearly shifts the center of gravity of the boat to the right side, resulting in an inclined attitude toward starboard, with a greater immersion of its right side.
As the boat tends to rotate to the left under the push of the oar, the inclination to the right contrasts this trend. The bottom is flat allowing you to switch even for depths of a few centimeters.
The gondola is built in the “dry docks” or yards and is made of eight different types of wood, but there are also elements of metal, or the “iron” of the bow with the characteristic six-tooth comb representing the six districts of Venice and the “quarrel” stern instead represents the Giudecca.
The black color comes from an order of the Magistrate pumps which aimed to reduce the pomp with which the noble and rich decorated their boats.
But it is also a general feature of all boats Venetian, due to the use of pitch as waterproofing.
In 1580 you could count about 10,000 gondolas in the lagoon today we do not count more than 500.