Venice's first female gondolier

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Giorgia Boscola is set to become the first female gondola guide in the Italian city of Venice, breaking a 900-year-old male-only tradition.

Boscola - who has been rowing since she was seven years old - is the first female to ever pass the challenging gondolier exam.

But she still has to take a technical exam on navigating through the city's ubiquitous canals and its famous landmarks before she earns her official license to guide sightseers.

Al Jazeera's Claudio Lavanga reports.

[August 20, 2010]

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