Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cavalli d'Oro

Today we're "getting to know" another nice gondola, operating under the Ponte Scalzi on the Grand Canal near the train station.

Like some of the other gondolas we've seen here, this boat has a number of nice features; like the draped piece of brocade cloth behind the seat, matching pillows and upgraded pusioli (the arm pieces that support the cavalli), but it's the cavalli that really shine (both literally and figuratively). These are not the lightweight two-dimensional ones which are so commonly seen - they're much bigger and resemble small statues of horses.
Ahh, but it's the finish that attracts the most attention, and rightfully so - gold plating doesn't come cheap, but you get a lot of looks.

Once again we see a spare remo and a red tapeto matching other parecio elements on board.

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