Venice is often criticized for its high prices. The criticism isn't entirely fair (we've found that some daily necessities are actually cheaper than they are back home), but it's true that, in Venice's historic center, prices tend to be higher than on the Italian mainland. If you want to know why, these pictures should make things clearer:
We've seen delivery barges carry everything from spools of cable and construction materials to household appliances and photocopiers. A few days ago, we watched two men push a baby grand piano down the street on a dolly after unloading it from a barge.
In the photo above, two deliverymen are rolling a cartload of merchandise along the Fondamenta Rio Marin, a few blocks north of the Frari church.