3. The Ladies Are a Little Late to the Gondolier Game
The first female gondolier – or gondoliera – was licensed in 2010. Giorgia Boscolo, the 24 year old daughter of 40-year gondolier veteran, was the first to pass the requirements and obtain a license. Another woman, Alex Hai from Germany, trained for year but failed to pass the official test several times (she believes due to discrimination) and is privately employed by a hotel as a gondoliera tour guide.