Between the 16th and the 17th century the city of Peschiera del Garda was surrounded by a Venetian pentagonal fortress built for defence under the supervision of the Duke of Urbino Guidobaldo II della Rovere, general commander of the Venetian militias. Since the 9th of July 2017 the fortress is part of the UNESCO heritage.
We all know the gondola as symbol of the city of Venice. But what do we really know about this particular boat? A gondola is made up of 280 pieces with a total weight of 600 kilograms, every part has to be realized with a specific type of wood in order to make it resistant but functional to navigation at the same time; the main type of wood are normally elm, linden wood and walnut wood.
The bow is shaped like a six-tooth comb, where each tooth indicates one of the sestieri of Venice.
Moreover, we know that the bottom of a gondola is flat, so that it can navigate without problems also where the water is very low.
After discovering the gondola in more detail, we are ready to get on board to visit the Venetian Fortress of Peschiera del Garda and live a real Venetian experience!