When you see the long, sleek, black gondola, with the red or black and white striped, shirted gondolier, is there anyone who doesn’t immediately think of Venice? During our time in Venice, it was difficult to go anywhere without seeing these ubiquitous, canoe – like craft.
The gondola is the universal symbol of “Venice”
Our only experience riding in one was a single trip across the Grand Canal on one of the traghettos that ferry passengers across the canal at various points for about 1.5 euro. Because there are only 4 bridges that cross the Grand Canal, which weaves through the islands in a way the forces crossing to get to a particular destination, these traghetto are strategically placed in locations where—particularly local residents—want to cross to get to shopping or residential areas.
A “romantic ride” in one of these gondolas around the quiet canals of Venice will cost about 100 euro. If you want music (a live musician with a guitar or similar instrument), it is more. But it looked like a nice way to spend a sunny afternoon in Venice. We had already paid 100 euro for a “taxi” ride on our first day and had been on most of the main, navigable canals already, or we might have succumbed to the temptation. During that ride, we passed the main manufacturing and repair shop on one of the back canals.
The ubiquitous Venetian Gondola makes a great subject or complement to photograph
It took no additional motivation, whatsoever, though for me to point my lens at them—often. They make a really wonderful subject or complement to the surroundings of Venice, particularly when there is some nice light. I was able to capture several different “moods” including them.
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