Among the many gondolas rafted-up in Bacino Orseolo, I saw one boat with blue seats.
You'd think that dark blue would blend in more, but with such black uniformity, the blue stood out.
The gondola also had unique floorboards and the decorative rope and pom-poms which trail behind the cavalli matched the blue upholstery.
It seemed like a pretty safe bet that this one was privately owned.
Taking a closer look, I noticed some nice carved fodra boards (removable panels just below the rail inside) and an impressive scimier which sat atop the seat back.
It's nice to see a gondola that is clearly prized by her owner.
And there are a number of them in Bacino Orseolo.