The gondola is a traditional,
flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of
the Venetian Lagoon. For centuries gondolas were once the chief means
of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice. In modern
times the iconic boats still have a role in public transport in the
city, serving as traghetti (ferries) over the Grand Canal. They are
also used in special Regattas (rowing races) held amongst gondoliers.
Their primary role, however, is to carry tourists on rides at
established prices. Nowadays, it is also a symbol of "Love boat" as it
is used to carry the Bride and the Groom on their wedding day.