Hotel Gondola, Venice Italy - Travel wall art prints by Edwin Datoc Gallery

Hotel Gondola, Venice Italy

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They may now be used almost exclusively to take romantic tourists on tours of the Venetian waterways, but gondolas are far from a recent invention. Custom-made for the shallow waters of the Venetian lagoon, they were in use as far back as the 11th century – possibly further back than that, but the first documented evidence of them comes from 1094 – and for centuries they were the main way to get around.