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Jul 30th 2010 7:38AM I've been to Venice and also had a Gondola ride, which was awesome and unforgettable. Similarly, the inevitable story of Gondoliers is also unavoidable. Last year only I went to Italy on a leisure trip winning it from http://www.zapbooking.com
Riding a Gondola isn't an easy task as it seems. It takes an entire era to the Gondoliers to learn this art. Even the hardships they encounter to get the license is tough. However, the rewards they deserve isn't reaching them. They spend their entire day on the flowing lagoons and get nominal compensation for just rowing the oars. At times they get attention for their entertaining arts and most of the times they are avoided.
It's a hard life for them but I personally feel that the Venetian Government must take some fruitful steps in the favor of Gondoliers otherwise this community will not survive for a very long time.