Ever wonder why gondolas are black? Or why they’re asymmetrical? Do you want to see a gondolier with a knife in hand? Here’s a fun animated talk about the history of the gondola in Venice:
One of my favorite parts is the animation of a wealthy Venetian buying a boat, or the scene where a corrupt gondolier is guilty of extortion and cursing. The boat maker crying while painting his gondola went straight to my heart.