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Italy - Venice - Dusk at Piazza San Marco - St. Mark's Square with moored Gongolas | by © Lucie Debelkova /
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Italy - Venice - Dusk at Piazza San Marco - St. Mark's Square with moored Gongolas

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During night the Gondolas are moored at the Molo close to Piazza San Marco - St. Mark's Square. Piazza San Marco and the Doge's Palace in Venice are among the busiest tourist destinations on the planet. The only time to see the Gondolas in solitude is late evening or early in the morning, before or after the tourists arrive or leave and the gondoliers start their work.


The gondola is a traditional, flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian Lagoon. For centuries gondolas were once the chief means of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice. In modern times the iconic boats still have a role in public transport in the city, serving as traghetti (ferries) over the Grand Canal. They are also used in special regattas (rowing races) held amongst gondoliers. Their primary role, however, is to carry tourists on rides at established toursit prices.


There probably cannot be original take on this place, but surely it is a classic shot I wanted to have for a long time. I only got it during last, already third visit to Venice.


Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens: EF17-40mm f/4L USM; Photo Focal length: 33.00 mm; Aperture: 9.0; Exposure time: 32.0 s; ISO: 200


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Taken on March 27, 2011