The popular flat-bottomed vessel Gondola is a symbol of Venice, but in recent times, it can be found along Croatian coast as well. The appearance is not accidental, but has ties in history. Similarly to Dubrovnik, Venice used to be a sovereign city state that ruled large portions of what is today Croatian soil. Although gondolas are literally site-specific, it seems their influence is crossing the border.
The photos in this article were filmed in Split. Tourists enjoying shores of Adriatic will surely appreciate this glimpse of distant Venice, as local gondoliers take them on a trip through lovely coastal sceneries. The only problem might be bridges- according to an old custom; a couple in gondola should kiss every time the vessel passes below one. Of course, in open sea, one can’t expect such structures. Who knows, maybe the couples should just kiss as long as they are onboard?