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Of all the trademarks of Venice—and there are many, from the gilded Basilica of San Marco to the melancholy Bridge of Sighs—none is more ubiquitous than the gondola. The internationally acclaimed “American with the Venetian heart” Donna Leon tells its fascinating story.

First used in medieval Venice as a deftly maneuverable getaway boat, the gondola evolved over the centuries into a floating pleasure palace, bedecked in silk, that facilitated the romantic escapades of the Venetian elite. Today the gondola wears black—a gleaming, elegant hue, and is manned by robust gondolieri in black and white striped shirts and straw hats.

A tourist favorite, the gondola has never ceased to be a part of authentic Venice. Each boat’s 280 pieces are carefully fashioned in a maestro’s workshop—though Leon also recounts a tale of an American friend who attempted to make a gondola all on his own. The feat took five years and countless do-overs. But the gondola is a work of art well worth the labor. And once its arched prow pushes off from the dock, the single Venetian at its oar just might break out in a barcarole, a popular Italian boat song.

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About the Narrator

Antoinette LaVecchia has acted extensively with New York and regional theater groups. Among her accolades are the 2013 Best Actress Award from BroadwayWorld.com and the Urban Stages’ Award for Valuable Contributions of Italian-American Artists to New York Theater. She is also the recipient of a Fox Fellowship and an Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant.