Yesterday I arrived in Venice for a 5 1/2 week stay, so my posts will feature lots of current on-the-ground stuff for a while. Here’s a find from yesterday.
This gondola was moored in the Rio de Noal, near San Felice in Cannaregio. It’s a traghetto gondola made up to look like a gondola from about the sixteenth century. Notice the ferro is not the usual tall rounded style that you see today; these smaller spikes were more common back then, and the standard ferro didn’t come into style until the late 1800s. (Since I’m in Venice, I’m sorry I don’t have access to all my usual books and notes to look up the correct details. Maybe Gondola Greg or another of my readers can provide the exact details for us!) Notice also the gondola has a felze, the little cloth-covered cabin, like from olden days. These were often covered with raffia (reeds) in olden days, or fancier gondolas had a wooden cabin. Cloth ones like this were also more common about 100 years ago, before the gondola became just a tourist vehicle with people who want to see the sights, not travel out of the direct sun.
They used some of these gondolas in Dangerous Beauty and other films set in Venice. I wonder how this woman got ahold of it? Maybe the were sold after the filming?