What can I say? I have a soft spot for gondoliers…I think it’s the striped shirts – like a mariniere, but more…muscular.
In Venice there are 400 bridges and 400 official gondoliers, although many of them have apprentices (the young upstarts with the ragazzo hair sporting faux diamond earrings that you see rowing around) to cover shifts as needed, and then as the original gondolier passes away, he passes on his status as official gondolier. Much ado has been made about the new female gondolier on the scene – it turns out that she hasn’t yet completed her gondolier schooling so she’s not actually out rowing yet. I asked if the gondoliers thought she would find work and it was left at “We’ll see…”. We’ll see indeed.
Photography by The New Diplomat’s Wife.