Even though a gondola is a recognizable symbol of Venice around the globe, gondoliers or gondola drivers dressed in striped shirts wearing straw boaters with ribbons can no longer be seen only in this capital of the Veneto region in Italy.
The historic town and harbour of Trogir on the Adriatic coast in the Split-Dalmatia County has enriched its tourist offer with a gondolier driver!
The first Croatian gondolier Damir Misetic is a 27-year old young man from the island of Ciovo near Trogir who came up with a great business idea. He went to Venice and bought an old gondola, refurbished it and now he plans to drive tourists around Trogir.
The gondola is 11 metres long and it weighs 600 kilograms. It also has a solar panel to provide light, whilst the tour around Trogir lasts 45 minutes.
Damir Misetic - Josko Ponos / CROPIX