Venice has many gondola operations.
Some sit along wide waterfronts, others are tucked into places making them a surprising treat when discovered.
While walking between the Accademia Bridge and Piazza San Marco, you'll cross a number of canals. You'll probably see gondolas passing through some of them. But when you reach the bridge at Campo San Moisè, along a canal with the same name, you'll see a whole lot of them.
The Servizio Gondole San Moisè moors their fleet of gondolas along the sides of the Rio San Moisè, and boards their passengers on the steps of the campo.
With so many tourists walking to and from the Piazza, the gondoliers there have a steady flow of potential customers.
I'll be posting a series of photos from San Moisè.
Today's post features a gondolier working the "indietro magic" to get his boat out backwards. Meanwhile a second gondolier keeps a chair warm in the background, while another one mans his post at the base of the bridge, chatting up passersby and looking to get them on his gondola.
Indietro rowing isn't that tough for a few strokes,
but getting a 36 foot long boat to maneuver backwards down a tight canal can be a daunting task.
Not surprisingly, the gondoliers in tight canal operations become masters at reverse rowing.