When many people come to Venice and negotiate their first gondola ride, they think they’re shelling out a small fortune while the gondolier is making easy money.
Becoming a gondolier is no easy feat.
I used to think the whole thing about a taxi driver in NYC having to pay a hefty sum to buy a yellow cab medallion was ridiculous. I believe a wannabe gondolier has more of an uphill climb.
Used to be that a gondolier license had to pass from father to son.
Or to another male family member IF there was no son. Yep, all-in-the-family was the name of the game.
Now the process is even harder.
These days you have to belong to a 1000-year-old Gondolier’s Guild. And that comes only after 400 hours of training under the sponsorship and tutelage