words and pics about living and raising a child in Venice
Wow! How do the gondolas stay upright??
They have no keel, the bottom is flat.
Yes, as Allan points out, gondolas, like other traditional Venetian boats made for the lagoon, have flat bottoms. In the second image you may even be able to make this out, or get a hint of it.
That'll cause some gnashing of gondolier teeth at this prime time for posers, won't it? Presumably the gondolas can't get out from the basin? - or can they?
I saw one gondola cautiously pass by near the hotel, Ella, as I was taking this photo--but it didn't depart from this bacino. It couldn't have. Luckily, the tide comes back in soon enough.