The gon­do­la sym­bo­li­zes Ve­ni­ce

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Not eve­ryo­ne kno­ws that the bow iron of a gon­do­la (al­so kno­wn as ‘pet­ti­ne') sym­bo­li­ze the six ‘se­stie­ri' (di­stric­ts) of Ve­ni­ce. Du­ring the gol­den age of the Se­re­nis­si­ma, a ty­pi­cal Ve­ne­tian craft was al­so a sym­bo­lic means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, te­sti­fy­ing to the ar­ti­stic, hi­sto­ric and cul­tu­ral gran­deur of the ci­ty. Mo­re spe­ci­fi­cal­ly, the up­per part re­calls the Do­ge's hat, the lu­net­te abo­ve the too­th re­pre­sen­ts the Rialto Brid­ge, the dou­ble ‘S' ben­ding run­ning from the hi­ghe­st to the lo­we­st point of the ‘iron' re­pre­sen­ts the Grand Ca­nal, a kind of too­th that ex­tends back to­wards the cen­tre of the gon­do­la in­di­ca­tes the Giu­dec­ca, whi­le be­low the main bla­de, 6 ‘reb­bi' (prongs) re­fe­ren­ce the se­stie­ri of Can­na­re­gio, Ca­stel­lo, Dor­so­du­ro, San Mar­co, San Po­lo and San­ta Cro­ce. The iron fea­tu­red in mo­re re­cent con­struc­tions has been en­han­ced by the ad­di­tion of th­ree new fi­ni­shes, re­pre­sen­ting the islands of Mu­ra­no, Burano and Tor­cel­lo. Ge­ne­ral­ly com­pri­sed of 280 dif­fe­rent pie­ces, ma­de from 8 dif­fe­rent ty­pes of wood, a gon­do­la usual­ly ta­kes about one year to build. In by­go­ne days, gon­do­las we­re built and sto­red in small shi­pyards kno­wn as ‘sque­ri'.

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