In Venice, most goods are delivered or taken away in boats. That rule also applies to caskets and human bodies, not just to souvenirs, soda pop, or cornflakes.
One day, when we were walking along the Fondamente Nove, we saw a delivery boat pulling in toward shore:
As the boat landed and one of the men on board leaped onto the fondamenta with a mooring line, we noticed a pair of coffins on board:
The boatmen unloaded one of the coffins:
Next, they picked up the casket...
...and delivered it to an undertaker's unmarked storeroom:
For the boatmen, the delivery was all in a day's work.
For the coffin's future occupant, it meant a resting place for the next 12 years. (And if you're wondering why we say "12 years," read our article about San Michele, Venice's island cemetery at Veniceforvisitors.com.)