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The black curved gondolas slip though the canals of Venice. Elegant in design and luxurious in appointments, they were once the main mode of travel around the lagoon. These days they have become a tourist attraction providing a romantic waterfront view of La Serenissima.
The bows of the gondolas are called Il Ferro. The seven points represent the seven sestieri of Venezia. The basic curved shape represents the curve of the grand canal through the city, the arch formed by the top piece represents the Rialto Bridge and the three smaller filigreed inter-points represent the outer islands in the lagoon – Torcello, Murano and Burano.
As a regular visitor to Venice I had never ridden in one but then on the Grand Tour of Italy with my daughter after graduating from high school, a trip in a gondola had to be part of the experience of the city my fathers family was from.
It didn’t disappoint!
Il Passaggio is a nod to the thrilling talent of the gondoliers navigating low bridges and other gondolas… and the wonder of days past shared with my daughter.
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