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This model is simple, but stunning! It is a FULLY ASSEMBLED replica of a Venetian gondola. It looks and feels like a miniature real boat. This 17-inch model is handcrafted with the highest quality woods from scratch by master artisans using plank on frame construction, just like real boats. Each model takes more than 50 hours to construct and undergoes a demanding quality-control process. Among the details of this boat model: black painted wood hull, boat house with tourist seatings, oar and oar holder, metal lanterns, brass sculptures, brass nameplate and beautiful stand. The boat is wood, through and through!
The most famous and characteristic symbol of Venice is the Gondola. This boat represents a typical Venetian Gondola circa 1882. The gondola is a traditional, flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian lagoon. For centuries gondolas were the chief means of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice. In modern times the iconic boats still have a role in public transport in the city, serving as traghetti (ferries) over the Grand Canal. They are also used in special regattas (rowing races) held amongst gondoliers. The gondola is propelled like punting, except an oar is used instead of a pole. The model now is rebuilt without the roof in the middle of the boat and used to carry tourists along the Venice River in Italy.