photo by Bryan Kemper
The traditional gondolier's hat these days is a wide brimmed straw boater with a ribbon around the crown which trails off the back.
Sadly, it seems like there are more gondoliers on the water without hats than with them.
A long time ago, the three pointed "tricorn" was seen on the heads of gondoliers - you'll still see them at costume balls and in hat shops.
In winter I like to wear a black beret I got at the Bampa shop many years ago, but this guy's got a whole new take.
The stripes match his shirt.
It's almost a navy-and-white version of "Where's Waldo".