What’s black, banana-shaped, and glides down the canal with ease?

It’s hard to imagine Venice without its gondolas. How did these boats come to be the trademark transportation of Venice?

In this lesson produced for TED-Ed, I detail the history of the gondola, explaining why these boats were needed, the painstaking process by which they were made, and why they have slowly begun to fade from the once-crowded canals.

What are your thoughts and questions about the history of the Venetian gondola? Drop a comment in the box below. I love to hear your stories!


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The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli
Venice by Laura Morelli