If the title of this post sounds familiar, it ought to.
Kathleen Gonzalez, host of the Seductive Venice blog,
also wrote a great book called "Free Gondola Ride".
Kathleen has managed to build friendships within the ranks of some of Venice's gondoliers, and she has published a fun post based on recent experiences in Venice.
Here's a link to the post:
and read my post from a while ago.