What, no straw hat?

Gondolier with backwards baseball cap

ABOVE: A Venice gondolier sports the "rap and row" look.

by Durant Imboden

We don't claim to be experts on gondola fashion, and maybe it's none of our business, but we can't help wondering if the gondolier in this photo realizes that baseball caps worn backwards are known as "IQ reducers" in some circles.

(Then again, maybe the gondolier is catching for the Venice Lagooners softball team after his rowing shift.)

An aerial photo of Venice and the Venetian Lagoon


Cheryl took this aerial photo from a KLM passenger jet after the plane flew out over the Adriatic sea, turned, and crossed the Venetian Lagoon before heading north toward the Alps. We've added captions that describe what you're seeing.

The little white specks in the water are vaporetti, water taxis, and other boats in the navigation channels between Venice's historic center and the islands nearby.

For an even more detailed aerial map of the city's historic center, don't miss our Venice Orientation Map at