La Gondola is perhaps the most famous boat in the world, certainly the most photographed. Its unique silhouette has become the symbol of Venice over the centuries. Carlo Donatelli Passi, a Venetian who grew up among his streets and fields, became an engineer at the Polytechnic in Milan, an officer in the Navy during the Second World War, and he has always passionate about sailing boats and precision naval mechanics. After many years of research and after having built a gondola on a perfect scale 1: 100, he publishes La Gondola: a unique, detailed and historical book, very documented and even fun. It’s certainly a book to read before going to visit Venice, and certainly an amazing gift that you may find on the web.