This boat is mentioned
for the first time in an official document in 1094. It is about a decree
of doge Vitale Falier , which dispensed the citizens of a place in the
south of Venice from giving a "gondulam".The origin of the
name is very uncertain and discussed:some make it date back to the Latin
"cymbula" ( little boat) or to "cuncula", diminutive
of"concha" ( shell). Others look back to the Greek "kundy"
( navicula) or to "kuntÚ-helas"( push -craft). The first information we
have about the appearance of gondola are due to the work of artists as
Gentile Bellini , Vittore Carpaccio and Giovanni Mansueti.
The trip in gondola, in
fact, allows to whom comes and visit Venice to taste the magic of a city
that rises light on a myriad of little islands, built " as a lace",
using the tangle of the canals. From the water, actually, one enjoys a
different sight of the Venetian reality and one can realize that its
"water" dimension is something specular, but independent with
respect to the "earth's" one. The way of moving, then, brings
us to epochs dominated by a different time and by a different conception
of Man. Nowadays this service is no more required from Venetians to move
from one point to the other of the city, since it is more comfortable
using public means or water taxis (if you are in a hurry). However it
remains an obliged service for whom wants to enjoy the unique atmosphere
of this enchanting city.
Gondola ride 30'
Euro 67 (six people at max)
Gondola ride 45'
Euro 77 (six people at max)
Euro 130 (six people at max)
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