Whenever I'm in Venice with my family, we stay in an apartment, and before I disappear for the day, I take some time to run around with my two daughters. We'll get breakfast, goof around and explore a bit.
One morning in September of '06, we came across two sandoli and the girls got an impromptu lesson on the Venetian boat known as a "sandolo".
It's not hard to find a gondola in Venice, but sandoli are quite scarce.
If you look long enough, you'll find one. Finding two, and in such show condition was a nice surprise.
Later, when Nereo Zane and I passed by there, we stopped to take some photos of the two shiny black boats.
Every image Nereo shot was perfect.
This was the best I could do.