I shot this from the Rialto Bridge.
Standing there on a sunny afternoon is utopian for a gondola fanatic with a camera.
Some gondolas in Venice are pretty beaten.
Some clearly haven't been well cared for.
And then there are the ones we long to take pictures of. Many are privately owned, all are the product of much obsessive care.
In Venice there are a few spots where you can find these perfect beauties, and Rialto has many.
She is a wedding gondola - evidenced by the fully carved deck. They cost more to buy, and take a lot of extra care to maintain, but as you can see from the photo - it's all worth it.