Venice’s First Female Gondolier

Venice, “the city that is sinking”, officially has its first female gondolier. The name of the woman is Giorgia Boscolo, who is a mother of two.

Giorgia won a stand-by position in the profession by passing rigorous exams in boating, Venetian history and foreign languages.

She is the first woman who passed this test, considered the most difficult of those required to pilot a boat on Venice’s canals.

A typical Venetia gondola weighs 400 kilos and carries 6 passengers. Venice’s gondoliers now number 426- with of course 425 of those being men and one woman.

Deputy Mayor Sandro Simionato said her success breaks “900 years of male dominance” in the profession, and that it will likely inspire more women to try.

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