Gondolier School

If you ever wondered how Venetian gondoliers learn their trade, I can tell you. At Certosa Island, beside our berth, a young, pheromonal Italian lad is sculling up and down under the close guidance of an old man in a motor boat, calling instructions to him. For some reason I was reminded of a 14 year old boy I saw at a milonga in Ushuaia, being taught to tango by his plump grandmother. How both these kids will blossom in the next few years.


2 thoughts on “Gondolier School

  1. Riccardo Vianello
    June 20, 2014 at 04:53

    Hi john, I am Richard the gondolier you’ve known in Certosa. I wanted to congratulate you for the beautiful trip you did with your boat. Must have been a truly fantastic experience. I wanted to also point out that my child Alexander is not learning to rowing but is doing a workout to do a race or a competition with that type of boat that is called “pupparino”. Already know pretty well bring the gondola because we teach from an early age the art and the craft of the gondolier. We hope to meet again …..

    1. June 20, 2014 at 18:22

      Riccardo, I am so touched by your comments. It has been good to talk with you and your lovely family and I hope we cross paths again (but not in the Grand Canal!). Your information about gondolas is fascinating and I will try to get to the repair facility on Redente before I leave Venice. By the way, I have not forgotten that I owe you a Campari Spritz.

      Sorry about my mistake about Alessandro. I hope he wins the competition!

      With all good wishes to you and your family.

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