The first reordered use of the word gondola dates from the XI century.
The etymology of the word is uncertain. Some say it may come from
the Latin cymbula (little boat) or from the diminutive of cuncula (shell).
The gondola is about 11 meters long; it is painted black with a waterproof
finish requiring 7 different hands.
Did you know that before the 16th century the
gondolas were richly decorated and quite colorful?
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Gondola has a flat bottom and a slightly asymmetrical shape and
each gondola is built out of approximately 280 pieces of wood!
Please look at the “iron peak” of gondola, it deserves special mention.
This bizarre comb-shaped element always served like an ornament.
According to popular tradition, the teeth of this comb represent
the districts of Venice, while the upper part represents the Doge’s cap.