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Our gondola is retired now

Our gondola has been retired to the museum on Lazzaretto Nuovo

Our gondola has been retired, and it will spend its otium in the museum at the Lazzaretto Nuovo, in company with a sandolo buraneo, a gondolino and other traditional Venetian boats.

It is not easy to find a place to keep a boat of the size and age of our gondola, which is rather fragile.

During part of the Covid pandemic the boat has been moored at the Lazzaretto, and not used a lot. The tide and the traffic has caused some damage to the boat, and in the end taking the boat out of the water was the best choice.

A traditional gondola made of wooden planks (as opposed to plywood) weighs about 600kg, so it wasn’t easy, but we managed, and certainly earned our lunch.

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