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Much has been said about this mesmerizing city of Venice. But what do you know about the gondoliers? The people who gives their magical touch to the gondolas which compliment the canals in Venice?

Here are some interesting facts:

Although it is highly unlikely that you will get a gondolier's license if you are not born into a gondoliering family, don't count yourself out as a gondolier if you are not male and Venetian. Alexandra Hai, a German woman, won her court case to be accepted as a gondolier in April 2007.

Most gondolier licenses are passed down through the family. A gondolier's license traditionally goes to the widow after the gondolier dies, and she passes it on to another family member. Since gondoliers are among the highest paid people in Venice (about $150,000 per year in 2007), this is a very valuable license to hold.

What's the story about that fancy curvy thing on the bow? It's called a ferro. Supposedly, the S-curve represents Venice's Grand Canal, the six strips below the top curve represent the city's six sestieri, and the rounded top is the same shape as the Doge's hat.

I hope you learned something here. Have a nice day! Arrivederci.

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  • Copyright: Andrew Ooi (andrewooi) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 37] (204)
  • Genre: 风景
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2007-05-01
  • Categories: 日常生活
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2008-08-19 1:43
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