Driving an Italian gondola has always been very much a ‘closed shop’. The gondolier’s licence used to be passed from father to son, or if there was no son to another male family member. These days it’s even more difficult. Every gondolier must belong to the thousand-year-old Gondolier’s Guild which is strictly controlled. He must find an experienced gondola driver to act as mentor, attend four hundred hours of instruction, and later pass a rigorous examination which tests not only physical endurance but navigational skills, knowledge of other languages and, most importantly, knowledge of Venice’s culture and sights.
Always amazed at how the gondola people steer their boats out of the way of the waterbuses. Do they do a test before they are allowed out with passengers?
Great view of Rialto Bridge. Fantastic work Skyline.
Lovely very lovely landscape. I love this place. Greetings from BRAZIL - February / 2019
Wonderful. Welcome back and thank you Skyline. x
Wow what a wonderful picture, we are so lucky to be able to visit these gorgeous sites without needing to travel. Thank you for all the beautiful views the cameras are amazing.
Estive em setembro de 2018 em Veneza ,me hospedei no Hotel Rialto praticamente de frente com a ponte Rialto e mais uma vez fiquei encantada com essa cidade que eu AMO...volto mais mil vezes se puder, é linda demais, uma verdadeira rainha e indico a quem não conhece.
How great, a view of Rialto bridge is back! I like this angle very much, at night it is making the bridge look like a opera set. Thank you Rialto Ristorazione!
8feb19--Thank You 'live-cam' sponsor Rialto Ristorazione.
Sorry - 2019!
08.02.18. Walked over this famous Bridge a couple of years ago!
Many thanks to the hotel for having 2 excellent webcams looking at the canal.
Venice! You're as young as 20 , so 500 years ago! I saw it!!
Kathy, I hope you well into enjoying your wandering!