In this photo, taken by Gilberto Russo, we see two gondoliers who appear to be having a discussion, perhaps whether blue stripes and black pants are proper, or black coat and yellow pants. (Tradition says stripes and black pants.) The passengers, probably not Italian are, no doubt, thinking about the 100 Euros they paid for their ride.
Dating back to the 7th century, gondolas were once the primary mode of transportation in Venice. Today, locals use Vaporetti (water taxies) and tourists ride in the shiny black boats powered by a gondolier who, for an extra hundred Euros, will happily sing “O sole mio.”