Photographic book
The famous gondoliers on the gondolas of Venice

The famous gondoliers on the gondolas of Venice


Today the gondola is only used by tourists. If today [When?] 433 gondoliers have a navigation license, there can not be more. The number of gondolas in the sixteenth century was estimated at 10,000. The gondoliers were once a separate caste, who wanted a father to pass on the secrets of his knowledge to one of his sons.

This system has disappeared since 1980 and the gondolier is now selected on open competition to all. On examination, one must not only prove one's science of rowing, his seriousness for the maintenance of the boat, but also his diligent and courteous way of welcoming tourists and helping them settle comfortably. The knowledge of foreign languages is obviously a plus.

In 2009, a first woman was allowed to drive a gondola, she officiates in the district of Dorsoduro. One of the ambitions of the gondolier is to participate one day in the annual championship: win the contest and belong to a family that includes winners is very important. The biggest annual race is the Regata Storica. Training to win is a constant concern because the competitors are very numerous. Aligning two or three successes ranks the young rower among the most solid reputations. The race reaches five kilometers, which must often be covered in the heat. © Photo of Emmanuel Buchot

Photos of European countries to visit

Photos Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Photos Informations

Hungary Pictures

Hungary Pictures

Photos Informations

Spain photos

Spain photos

Photos Informations

Scotland Photos

Scotland Photos

Photos Informations

Photos of Portugal

Portugal

Photos Informations

Photos England

Photos England

Photos Informations

Pictures Amsterdam

Netherlands

Photos Informations

Photos of Asian countries to visit

India photos

India photos

Photos Informations

Photos of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Photos Informations

Images from South Korea

South Korea

Photos Informations

Cambodia photos

Cambodia

Photos Informations

Photos of Japon

Photos of Japon

Photos Informations

Photos of Thailand

Photos of Thailand

Photos Informations

Photos of Taiwan

Photos of Taiwan

Photos Informations

Photos of America

Website information