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a gondola is a traditional venetian rowing boat. gondolas are for centuries the chief means of transportation and still have a role in public transport serving as trangetti (ferries) over the major canals. during the 18th century there were several thousand of gondolas; there are a few hundreds now, most of which are for use by tourists while a few are in private ownership and use.
a gondola is propelled by an oarsman (the gondolier) who stands facing the bow and pushes, rather than pulls a single oar. contrary to popular belief the gondola is never poled, the waters of venice being too deep for that. a sumptuary law of venice required the gondolas should be painted black and they are customarily painted so now.
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