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!
Welcome! I am an art historian and historical novelist. I earned a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University and have taught college students in the United States and in Italy. My Authentic Arts guidebook series has been leading travelers off the beaten path for more than 20 years. As a historical novelist, my passion is bringing the stories of art history to life. I am the USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of THE NIGHT PORTRAIT, THE STOLEN LADY, THE GONDOLA MAKER, and other novels. Thank you for checking out my books and courses!