From the 11th century on, the St Mark's Basilica's has been nicknamed 'Chiesa d'Oro' (golden church), and it was not just because of it's gilded byzantine mosaics and opulent design, but because it was such a symbol for Venice's wealth and power at the time.
Venetian doorbells, so very elegant
another detail of the St Mark's Basilica
Voga alla veneziana (rowing Venetian style) ~ the gondolier stands while rowing, and turns to the direction of movement. The profession goes back to 1094, and it is controlled by a guild. The trade used to be handed down from father to son, but in 2007 a gondoliering course was introduced, which opened the profession to women. The first woman to pass the exams (involving 400 hours of instructions) was Giorgia Buscolo in 2010, almost a thousand years after the start of the trade. I have not seen a single female gondolier though..
view from the Accademia bridge
Gold and burgundy opulence