There are many benefits to rowing a sandolo:
- The shorter length makes for tighter turns and easier docking.
- The rower stands on the floor, bringing their center of gravity on the boat lower, and aiding them in balance.
- The boat and rower, when compared to a gondola and gondolier, have less windage.
But the virtue I'm here to point out with this point is HEIGHT.
One day I was watching some guys and their sandoli next to Campo Sant'Angelo, and I saw this guy duck through a passageway no gondola could have fit under...
doing what I now call the "Sandolo Limbo".