Becoming a gondolier: The long journey to riding Venice’s waterways

Becoming a gondolier: The long journey to riding Venice’s waterways

With their straw hats and their stripy shirts, the gondoliers lining the canals of Venice are proud members of one of Italy’s oldest and most impenetrable clubs. Each holds the coveted gondolier licence, the prize reward for lengthy training and exams, and many were born into gondolier families.

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