It is absorbing to compare the decoration of individual gondolas. The gondoliers can express their individuality in many ways.
Take a close look at a few next time you have a chance. What at first glance will appear to be a fairly uniform group of craft is anything but.
If you were going to have a ride on a gondola, wouldn’t this first one be a good choice?
The cushion had a subtle Venetian lion on it.
And, on another nearby gondola:
Small wonder that gondolas are regarded by many as a romantic craft.