What the Fero da Prova at the gondola’s bow means is beautiful. Truly.

    600 400 Venezia Autentica | Discover and Support the Authentic Venice

    There are a few symbols that “define’ Venice all around the world: San Marco’s square, the Rialto Bridge, and the Gondolas.
    While it is possible to find books and guides speaking in detail about the architecture in Venice, the descriptions about design and characteristics of a Gondola often fall short.

    One of our favorites, and often not known, symbols of Venice is the “ferò da próva“, the Front Ornament of the Gondola

    The beautiful shape and decorations of the front ornament are full of meaning:

    – The shape of the top of the “Fero” refers to the shape of the hat of the doge. (Yes, according to our current fashion the shape of the hat is weird indeed)
    – The six rectangles on the front, represent the six districts of Venice: San Marco, San Polo, Santa Croce, Cannaregio, Dorsoduro and Castello
    – The rectangle on the back represents the island of the Giudecca
    – The shape enclosed by the top “hat” and the first rectangle, represents the Basin of San Marco. The arched line represents the Rialto bridge
    – The sinuous line running from the top of the “Fero” until the bottom of the gondola, represents the Canal Grande
    – The three decorations on the front, represent the three most important island for the Serenissima: Murano, Burano and Torcello

    Would you have ever imagined that the front of the Gondola symbolized so many characteristics of Venice?

    I'm visiting Venice. Why should I follow your recommendations?

    The way you visit Venice has an impact both on the quality of your experience and on Venice itself.  Chilling, exploring, shopping, eating and drinking where the locals do, can make a huge impact both on the memories you bring home and on the local economy and community.

    SEE ALSO  This cathedral in Torcello is a remaining testimony of the first Venice.

    Liked this article? Don’t forget to share the love!  

    Facts, Curiosities, History of Venice, Italy

    More about life in Venice, Italy

    Want more tips, tools and stories from Venice, Italy?

    We're on a mission to make it easy and fun to discover and support the authentic Venice. Try our email and see for yourself!

    Thanks for signing up! If there is no e-mail in your inbox in the next hour, remember to check your spam folder and to add us to your contact list. Thank you! Get access to our live videos and even more content: like us on Facebook to add daily goodness to your feed. A presto!

    Oops! We're sorry, something went wrong. We'll fix it soon. In the mean time, you can like us on Facebook to stay in touch!

    Thanks for the love! Stay updated, follow us: