Walking by the Emilio Ceccato shop - at the base of the Rialto,
I saw the familiar window display, but with one new detail: patches.
On display, on several different garments,
and loose in three different colors, were patches
emblazoned with the logo and name of the Associazione Gondolieri.
Just today a piece went live in the Huffington Post about these patches.
Venice, Italy: Gondoliers' New Brand Logo to Safeguard Trades and Traditions that Surround Gondoliers and the Gondola
Turns out, our friend Marie Ohanesian Nardin is the author.
Marie hosts a blog and is the author of the book "Beneath the Lion's Wings".
So next time you're in Venezia, stop by Emilio Ceccato,
and buy a patch for your favorite gondolier's shirt, and support the efforts
to protect the gondola and all that she represents.