For centuries gondolas were the chief means of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice. At the peak of its power and wealth in the thirteenth century, Venice was the most prosperous city in all of Europe and had 36,000 sailors operating 3,300 ships, dominating commerce in the Mediterranean.
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For centuries gondolas were the chief means of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice. At the peak of its power and wealth in the thirteenth century, Venice was the most prosperous city in all of Europe and had 36,000 sailors operating 3,300 ships, dominating commerce in the Mediterranean.

© David Noyes 2011

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