If you know anything about the city of Venice, it’s probably that much of the city is built on the water. You may have even seen pictures of the specialized and beautiful boats, or gondolas, that are used to taxi people around.
Like many things you find in very few places or in a single location, there is a limited number of people who can make the gondolas, and this story tells about one family gondola-making business.
Are there things made in your community or region that are hard or impossible to find elsewhere? How much do you know about them, if so?
Every community has its special stories. In Venice, the work of the Tramontin family is such a story. What’s a special story in your family?
The Last of the Gondola Makers by Great Big Story on YouTube (3:18)
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