I loved watching this gondolier in Venice before I snapped this photo. The life of a gondolier in Venice may seem romantic, but specific requirements must be met before one attains this title. In the 16th century, over 10,000 gondoliers worked on the canals in Venice. Today the number has dwindled to a little over 400, much like the population decline in La Serenissima. It is next to impossible for someone to become a gondolier in Venice unless he was born in Venice. Of all the gondoliers working in Venice today, only one is a woman.
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