The gondola owes something to the coffin in its appearance; sloping panels with polished metal accoutrements, and the polished black finish is reminiscent of a hearse.  Consequently I nearly overlooked the real thing when this anonymous grey boat reversed out of a side canal onto the main waterway.  Its cargo however was unmistakable, and perhaps there was a hint in the vessel’s name.

Fenice.

Phoenix.

Venezia-16

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