Rita Crane Photography: Italy / Venice / gondola / Rialto canal / Grand Canal / vintage / palazzo / architecture / evening / Rialto Gondolier, Venice
[Four images of Venice for you here, Flickr friends. Scroll down for other three.] Thanks all for stopping by.
Description: It was a cold winter evening and the gondolieres were going to dock their beautiful boats. One by one they came through this 'rio'..... on their way to the Grand Canal. They were so graceful and the boats were almost silent as they elegantly glided along. The profession of Gondoliere is passed from father to son. At present there are 400 gondolieres in Venice, I was told. At the height of the Venetian republic, there were 10,000 !!
Visitors dealing with High Water (Aqua Alta) ... you can see the white Palazzo in my photo that is right near the Rialto Bridge in the beginning of the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cod6hHqEK3k&NR=1