For centuries gondolas were the chief means of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice. It is estimated that there were eight to ten thousand gondolas on the waters of Venice during the 17th and 18th centuries. Today the iconic boats are an expensive tourist experience but cheep gondola ferries known as traghetti, shuttle tourists and locals alike across the Grand Canal.
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For centuries gondolas were the chief means of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice. It is estimated that there were eight to ten thousand gondolas on the waters of Venice during the 17th and 18th centuries. Today the iconic boats are an expensive tourist experience but cheep gondola ferries known as traghetti, shuttle tourists and locals alike across the Grand Canal.

© David Noyes 2011

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