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The gondola was born as a private means of transport for rich people, but then, thanks to it's great manoeuvrability, it became the most important means of transporting people.
Ten thousand gondolas operated on the canals of sixteenth-century Venice.
Over the past few centuries more and more canals have been filled in (hence the term Rio Tera') and today Venice is really a pedestrian city.
The present appearance only dates from the beginning of the 19th century.
The gondola (apart from those in service as traghetti) has become a tourist activity and no-one uses gondolas as a form of transport.

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