Two Gondolieri waiting to be called for work - some eye candy yes but again echoing Rylands' story - it really is a young man's job but what does someone do when they get too old?
This, of course, is the picture most of us have of the gondolieri - the gondola stand just off San Marco where tourists cough up the E150 for the 50 minutes ride.
There is a cheaper way of hoping a gondola ride, be it only for a few brief minutes. There are only three bridges crossing the Grand Canal between Santa Lucia train station and San Marco, so the practical solution is to boat it across. At seven points along the Canal there are traghetti stations. You hop on a traghetto - sometimes having to stand - give the gondolier the E1.00 ($1.45 CAD)(exact change only) and a minute later you on the other side. It certainly saves a great deal of walking... and money if all you want to say is that you've been on a gondola.
The traghetto station at Santa Sophia is busy in the morning taking shoppers to and from the open air vegetable and fish market.
07 maggio - Santa Flavia