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Russell "Rosario" Venditto

"The Idea Man"

Rosario lends a certain credibility to La Gondola Providence; he is, after all, one of only two truly Italian gondoliers! A Rhode Island native, he spent three years studying Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His final year as a college student was spent training as a wilderness guide in the woods of New Hampshire and Maine during the fall, and ended with a semester abroad in Cádiz, Spain. In autumn of that year, on the Saco River, Rosario learned the nearly-lost art of canoe poling - which, to his future surprise, is completely non-transferable to rowing a gondola.

During the off-season, Rosario works tirelessly to instill his passion for foreign language into the students at Chariho High School. He lives in Providence. 

I find the camaraderie and the working environment La Gondola Providence to be second to none. Every time I take a trip out, I think to myself, ‘It is amazing, what we do.’
— Rosario
Photo Credit: Vicki Jauron

Photo Credit: Vicki Jauron

Providence gondoliers: closer, cheaper, more polite, and better looking than our Venetian counterparts.
— Rosario
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