The "gondola" is a traditional, flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian Lagoon. For centuries gondolas were once the chief means of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice.
The Gondola, for its characteristics of manoeuvrability and speed, has been, till the coming of the motorized means, the boat most suitable to the people transport. It was born as private means for people of a certain class, it was used both to move from a place to another of the city( and to go to the nearest islands, and for the pleasure of moving on the water aboard a comfortable and silent boat.
In a Gondola, in fact, one could enjoy the cool in the hot summer nights, showing off one's own elegance, talking with the passengers of the near gondole, beyond doing all a series of uses (and abuses) that made this wonderful boat a private territory functioning as a house but also as a gaming-house, embassy, garconniere and more.