WATERCRAFT OF VENICE

1. Gondola

These are most often seen transporting tourists around the canals. A larger version (traghetto) is also used for the cross-canal ferry, while the smaller gondolino is a slender racing craft.

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Typical Venetian gondola

2. Vaporetto

Strictly speaking, this is the capacious rounded waterbus, now also seen in an “ecological” electric model. A slimmer motoscafo serves the outer runs and narrow canals with relatively low bridges.

3. Sandolo

A slim, lightweight boat perfectly suited to hunting and fishing in the shallow waters of the lagoon, not to mention racing. Painted black, these “imitation gondolas” can ...

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