I shot these hangin' over the rail of the Vaporetto late one afternoon near Rialto.
This guy was fourth or fifth in a series of gondoliers who passed by us in the opposite direction.
I had noticed that the lighting was good and just started shooting. Next thing I knew, this gondolier with a really sweet boat rowed by me.
He had a number of the extras you see on only a few gondolas:
- Gold-plated cavalli of the "sirena" type (sirens - they look like mermaids).
- A rich, black tapeto (the gondolier's carpet) with yellow trim matching other parecio items.
- The scimier (that decoration resting atop the seat-back) is big and luxurious.
- He's got two remi, both painted with the traditional chevron striping. I don't know if that second remo is a backup, or if it's intended for a second rower up front.
A better view of the blade-tip or an exact measurement might help.
- Then there's the strasino (that draping cloth "cape" that attaches to the edge of the seat-back), in it's timeless brocade pattern.
The most eye-catching feature about the boat though, was her seats.
They were done in a diamond-pleat design in a golden-yellow material which appears to be either leather or a soft vinyl.
Clearly, this guy loves his gondola.
He's put a lot of capitol and creativity into her.
The result is a boat that I'm sure many gondoliers would gladly steal - if she weren't so easily recognizable.