History of River Navigation Gallery

The Burcio was the common boat used on rivers and canals of our territory. It was traditionally in wood, flat-bottomed and with two ‘al terzo’ sails, i.e. the top yard supporting the sail hangs from the mast at about one third (terzo) of its length.

Its usual dimensions were: length 22-30 m, width 4,5-6,7 m, and the capacity varied from 800 to 2.500 hundredweight. Thanks to its great diffusion and its versatility in transporting the most different kinds of wares this boat became the symbol of river navigation.