OK. So you flew to Venice and smooched your sweetheart in a gondola. You've passed the romance test. But can you pass this quiz?
At the peak of their use in the 17th century, about how many gondolas operated in Venice?
About how many Venetian gondoliers are licensed in the city today?
Before World War II, the traditional outfit of a Venetian gondolier was which of the following?
- red and white stripes
- blue and white stripes
- all black
Which of the following accurately describes the design parameters of a Venetian gondola?
- Design specs were personalized to each gondolier.
- Modern gondolas tend to have plastic hulls.
- By law, dimensions are specified to the centimeter.
Gondoliers use long poles to push against shallow canal bottoms, propelling gondolas across the water.
Which of the following is not a gondola design feature?
- a "vinopantri" for holding cruisers' wine
- The left runwhale is higher than the right.
- a flat bottom
With just one oar, what keeps the gondola going forward instead of in circles?
- constant collisions with oncoming gondolas
- a special oar stroke
- a small, electric engine that pushes the craft's nose to the right
Gondoliers are traditionally required to sing.
What is one traditional role of Venetian gondoliers?
- resistance fighters
For the first time in 2010, the Venetian gondoliers guild licensed which of the following non-traditional gondoliers?
- of African descent
The energy expended by a gondolier paddling with two clients equals which of the following?
- a fast cross-country skier
- a motorboat at the same speed
- one person walking at the same speed
Which of the following is a traditional gondola feature that was lost in the transition from transportation to tourism?
- a sail
- a small cabin
- an organ-grinding monkey
In Euros, what is the approximate cost of a 40-minute gondola ride in Venice?
Outside of Venice, where is the world's highest number of gondolas?
- Las Vegas
The body of a traditional Venetian gondola is carved from a single tree.
In addition to looking cool and its use as a bumper, the metal "ferro" that heads a gondola is used for which of the following?
- to signal a gondolier's family
- to counterweight the gondolier's bulk at the back of the craft
- as a holdover from ancient weaponry
How many pieces make up a gondola?
The "forcula" at a gondola's stern is used for which of the following?
- as an oarlock that allows multiple oar positions
- to hold the gondolier's traditional glass of wine
- to hold passengers' traditional glasses of wine
In 2007, what feature of gondola design was banned?
- the use of animal-based resins
- the use of softwoods
- the use of plywood
Traditionally, a marriage proposal in a gondola cannot be turned down.