The symbol of the Gondola is the above metal piece fitted to the prow of the boat.The iron prow-head of the gondola, called "fero da prorà" or "dol fin", is needed to balance the weight of the gondolier at the stern and has an "S" shape symbolic of the twists in the Canal Grande. The top metal piece symbolizes the hat of the Doge.
The Bridge of Sighs
And the gondoliers are not too bad to look at!!!!