AND SIMILAR BOATS
The gondola is the most
well-known boat in the world: even people who have never
been to Venice can immediately recognize its unique
shape, the metal bow decoration (fèro ) and for the
rowing style (voga alla
The Gondolino da regata: a fast
boat which is difficult to row, it is used exclusively in
the Historic Regatta (Regata Storica). The gondolino made
its first appearance (in its modern form) in 1825.
- Barchéta a cóa de
gàmbaro: a particular type of gondola with
the bow stem stretched forwards and upper sides flared
outwards. Instead of the normal metal bow decoration (fèro)
it had a downward-pointing metal curl.
- Barchèta a massòche:
a variation of the classic gondola of which there is only
one example conserved at the Museo Storico Navale in
Venice. It was less slender and less asymmetrical than
the better-known gondola, and was used to transport
passengers across the lagoon, for postal services,
hospitals, funerals, prisons, etc. It was called the barchèta
a massòche (massòche means mallet) due to
the shape of its extremities. It was also called barchèta
da paràda, gondola lagunar, barchéta
- Mussìn: boat for two or four oars which was very light, similar to the gondolino but with the bow boom inclined forwards without the metal decoration (fèro). Until a few years ago, it was used as the leading boat in the Regata Storica.
- Disdotona: boat for processions with eighteen (disdòto in Venetian dialect) oarsmen from which it derives its name. The first disdotona was built in 1903, the type used today in 1973. It is 18 m long and can be taken apart into three sections for ease of storage and transport.