A gondola is a small long, narrow boat with a high prow and stern, best known for its use in the canals of Venice.
In Venice the gondola is usually propelled by one or two oarsmen who stand facing the prow, or by poling. A gondola for passengers has a small open cabin, for their protection against the sun or rain. A sumptuary law of Venice required that gondolas should be painted black, and they are customarily so painted now.
A Gondola is also an enclosed carriage used on a ski lift.