And while this isn't one of Venice's greatest icons, it has been recorded by several travel publications, and thousands of tourists over the years, as something worth seeing.
The produce boat, which sits moored along the Fondamenta Gerardini is a throwback to time when most Venetians didn't need to go to a store to buy their fruits and vegetables.
Each time I've visited Venice I've seen a boat here with a guy selling a "veritable cornucopia" of produce. Sorry, I just couldn't pass up the chance to use those words in a post.
Most of the photos I've seen on the internet, taken by a wide range of photographers (from tourists to pros), have shown the same boat, while others seem to be the same boat, but with a slightly different paint scheme and the same name. My guess is that it either IS the same boat, or there's more than one produce boat in the rotation.
simply traverse from Campo Santa Margherita to the smaller Campo San Barnaba and you will invariably run into it. Chances are that you'll cross the Ponte dei Pugni, which the boat is moored right next to.
Standing on the famous "bridge of fists", I shot a few photos and the vendor on board noticed me.
Maybe he was having a bad day,
maybe I reminded him of someone he didn't like,
maybe I was the 467th person that morning to take his picture,
or maybe it was the spirit of the Ponte dei Pugni,
whatever the reason, he decided that he didn't like me very much.
It wasn't outright hostility, he just had a thing about me taking pictures of him...or maybe it was his vegetables.
I tried to sort of play-it-cool from that point on, but the jig was up.
The produce boat guy hated me.
I decided to get one more photo and scram before he dragged me up on that bridge for some good old fashioned pugilism followed by an official "flying baptism".