One of the things I was hoping to do while in Venice, was to see the first female gondolier, Giorgia Boscola. I had read that she was currently working on one of the traghettos that crosses the Grand Canal. One cold day, as I waited at the Ca’ D’Oro stop, to go across to the Rialto market, I found that my luck was in. Signora Boscola was one of the two people manning the oars on that traghetto.
I handed over my 50 cents (half-euro) and found my spot on the traghetto. I told her she was famous even in Australia, which drew a smile. She graciously permitted me to take a photo of her at work. Maybe you’ll have the chance to ride with her, and maybe she’ll have her own gondola route one day soon.
Here is a short video featuring this groundbreaking lady. In another post, I will try to explain the difference between using a traghetto and a gondola.