It got me thinking and researching.
As far as I can tell, these boats are referred to as "Lucias", although it might be a nickname for a boat called a "batell".
You could be right René. Thanks for the info.
Whatever the case, the boat is unique and has a special place in the hearts of many who live in the lake regions of Northern Italy.
I did find one Lucia outside Italy.
It's in the US of all places.
Here's a photo I shamelessly snagged off the website:
and here's a link to the site.
They do call it a "gondola", but hey, who am I to criticize?
Some of my "gondolas" look more like something stolen from Norway!