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Venetian Gondola

The Venetian Gondola, a traditional flat-bottomed row boat, developed in the 14th century when horses were outlawed from the streets of Venice and the noble class embraced them as a respectable form of transportation in the Grand Canal. It is estimated that there were eight to ten thousand gondolas during the 17th and 18th century, with just over four hundred in active service today. Grand Canal, Venice, Italy