• Gondola
  • Batea a coa de gambero
  • Vipera
  • Batea concordiese
  • Gondola
  • Mascareta
  • Sandolo buranelo
  • Gondola
  • Renaissance Gondola
  • Topa

The sandolo is the commonest of the lagoon boats nowadays and its variations answer to all the needs of the town and its surroundings.

In fact it is used to carry both passengers and goods, for fishing, for pleasure and for racing.

In the past the name sandolo was used loosely to include also the batela and sanpierota in various places in the lagoon.

Its length can vary from that of the sandolo da s'ciopo which is little more than 5 metres long, to that of the sandolo da regata with its 9 metres.

All the features of shape and structure, however, are typical of the lagoon boat.

The bottom is flat, the straight sides flare outwards, the overhanging stem is long and pointed and the stern, also overhanhing, ends with a transom.

Stern and bows are covered with strongly-cambered partial decks.

In the past the sandolo buranelo (of Burano), which was udes for fishing, was sometimes rigged with a small lug sail hoisted on a mast held by the middle which, in this instance, was placed forward of the midship frame.

A rudder was then hung on the transom notwithstanding the pronounced overhang.

Unlike the Venetian sandolo, the buranelo still boats a wrought-iron curl on its stem.

The sandolo da barcariol (waterman's sandolo) used for carrying passengers is, like the gondola, always painted black.

It has elegat trimmings and decorations which, together with chairs, back-rests and stools, make up its furnishing (parecio).


larch, oak and cherry wood, finishing with shellac

length 76 cm

scale: 1:10

design by Umberto Miori (1961)