Gondoliers have supposedly practiced this method of Transport for 1000yrs
The first painting of a Gondolier was by G. Bellini in 15th -16thC
At this time there were approx: 10,000 Gondoliers now only about 400.
All the Licenses are held by old families whose sons have been in the trade for 1000s of years.
2009. Ist Female Gondolier.