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Hydrofoil
These are large, fast boats with a futuristic line that connect Venice with the Dalmatian coast. There are both single and multiple hulls.
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Water ambulance
In Venice, emergency patients are transported by water ambulances.  The Venetians call them lances and they are motorboats with sirens and blue…
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Balotina
An ancient guard boat similar to the gondola from which it differs in its slightly narrower and more rounded hull.
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Barchin
Generic term for small, lightweight powerboats. Usually applied to two- or four-seater boats, between three and five metres long, with an outboard…
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Batela
The Batela is a typical and traditional wooden boat from the Venice Lagoon. The Batela is a rowing boat similar to the Sandolo, in its shape, but much…
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River cruise ship
River cruise ships are boats with very elongated hulls, flat bottoms and few decks.
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Bettolina
Bettolina is a small ship used for transportation. It is an iron barge used to transport liquids, such as drinking water for ships or diesel oil.
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Bissona
The Bissona are rowing boats usually with eight rowers. They are fast boats, richly decorated and with an aggressive line, used for parades, parade…
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Bragozzo
The Bragozzo is a travelling boat, but above all a sea fishing boat, with very rounded lines, especially at the bow and stern.
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Bucintoro
It is possible that the name Bucintoro derives from a Venetian transport boat, the Burcio, which was transformed into a luxury vessel with sculptures,…
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Burcio
The Burcio or Burchio is a large, low, wide cargo boat, suitable for transporting goods in the Lagoon.
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Hunting and fishing boats
Hunting and fishing boats are light boats that have replaced the bonnet for use in hunting and fishing.
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Caicio
The Caicio is a walnut-shell shaped boat with a non-flat keel, which has almost completely disappeared from the lagoon.
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Caorlina
The Carolina is a historic boat from Venice. It takes its name from the town of Caorle, a station for changing the river post between Venice and…
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Cavana
The Cavana is a shelter for small boats. It can take the form of a water tunnel at the base of Venetian palaces, a reed-covered pile-dwelling on a…
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Barges and Pontoons
The word chiatta probably comes from the Neapolitan dialect and means 'fat'. This word denotes large rafts that were once unpowered and were pushed by…
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Bonnet
The Cofano is a small boat used mainly for hunting. Rowing alla Valesana made it possible to move on the very shallow waters of the salt pans and to…
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Dodesona, Quatordesona, Disdotona
Dodesona, Quatordesona a Disdotona sú špeciálne parádne gondoly, ktoré vlastnia mestské veslárske kluby.
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Ferry Boats
Fast rafts equipped with a drawbridge at the bow and stern, capable of loading a large number of light and heavy vehicles.
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Forcoe & Remi
The forcoe are the crutches used to row Venetian way; they are shaped in various manners according with the model of boat and with the rowing…
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Galeone
This is the eight-oared craft used to race the Palio of the Maritime Republics. There are therefore four Galleons, those of Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and…
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Gondola
The gondola is the most famous Venetian boat in the world. The etymology of its name is uncertain, it could be a neologism between the verb dondolare…
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Gondolino
Today´s gondolino is a tension structured model, lighter and faster, of the gondola, but its primitive version can be regarded as her ancestor.
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Spear and Lance
The lance is the typical Venetian water taxi. Traditionally made of wood with a lustrofin varnish (7 or more coats of shellac), today it is frequently…
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Mascareta
This light, streamlined boat, a variant of the sandolo, was once used for fishing and for ladies' outings.
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Motorship
The giant of Venetian public transport. A real small ship with three decks for passenger transport, a command bridge and an engine room.
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Motorboat
This word among the Venetians indicates par excellence the vehicle used on the direct lines of the public service.
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Peata
Large cargo boat with a round, symmetrical, raised stern and bow. High on board, its structure is very similar to that of the caorlina, except for its…
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Puparin
This is a fast variant of the sandolo, once used for maritime surveillance or as a "casada" boat. It has a very developed and high stern, from which…
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Tugboats
Tugs are relatively small vessels with very powerful marine engines, capable of pushing and pulling even very large ships.
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Sampierota
A typical fishing boat, with a third sail but which can be rowed. It takes its name from San Pietro in Volta, one of the villages on the coastal…
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Sandolo
The sandolo was the most widespread rowing boat in the lagoon because of its extreme versatility, as a means of transporting things, people or for…
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Sàtara
The sàtare were originally rafts of tree trunks built by Cadore woodcutters to float timber down the Piave River to Venice.
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Sc'iopon
A very small hunting boat with a very shallow draft (5-10 cm). Its length was measured on the length of a large pusher, which rested on it from bow to…
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Mouse and Mice
A type of transport boat with a sharp line and complex construction, especially as regards the roundness of the stern. Born for lagoon and inshore…
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Vaporeto
Together with the motorboat and the motorship, it is the Venetians' bus.
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Canotto alla Veneta
A racing boat with a hull similar to that of an iole, but armed with oars and scales for rowing standing up and looking ahead.
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Barche dei Pompieri
The Fire Brigade in Venice operate using various types of boats. Fast motorboats equipped with seawater pumps are used for emergency response both in…
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Voga Vaesana
A version of rowing Venetian way, where the oarer pushes from stern handling two oars one with each hand. The oars cross so that the left arm…
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Voga Veneta
Rowing Venetian way, the chief of the boat, called popier (or pope), stands aft, and at the same time he pushes and drives the boat, even alone and…