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The Forcola

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Ladies and Gents,

The forcola. If you ever want to go to Venice, there are some things you should know… for example, that Venice is covered in water. But everyone knows that. Everyone knows about the gondola and the attractive (hopefully) Italian man in a striped shirt guiding you through the streets of Venice, but do many people pay attention to the forcola?

It’s arguably one of the most important pieces to your romantic trip in a Venetian gondola. It’s the carefully-crafted rowlock that is used to prop the rower’s oar and helps control the gondola. It’s a beautiful little thing that is constructed out of a quarter of a trunk, that is seasoned, carved, and finished.


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