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Gondoliers now 'woman's work' in Venice

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Gondoliers now 'woman's work' in Venice


Venice in Italy is an historic gem, but even there, the 21st century is making itself felt.

Giorgia Boscolo has become the first female to pass the tough gondolier exam, thereby breaking 900 years of male dominance of the uniquely Venetian profession.

She can now wear the traditional striped shirt – but can only work as a stand-in until she is fully qualified:

“My passion came from my father,” she says, “who still works as a gondolier. I started rowing when I was seven. Becoming a gondolier was always my dream.”

Gondoliers have to have perfect knowledge of Venice’s labyrinthine canals and must also pass exams in speaking English and boating skills.

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