Part of a gondola is seen at the San Trovaso boatyard, also known as a "squero", in Venice October 14, 2013. The sleek black gondolas that whisper through Venice bear the hallmarks of a tiny but proud... more 
Part of a gondola is seen at the San Trovaso boatyard, also known as a "squero", in Venice October 14, 2013. The sleek black gondolas that whisper through Venice bear the hallmarks of a tiny but proud group of artisans striving to keep alive the traditional building methods for the floating city's most recognizable symbol. Each steered by a lone gondolier in a striped shirt and straw hat, the slender luxury vehicles offer a romantic setting for a serene cruise and, not uncommonly, a proposal of marriage. Picture taken October 14, 2013. To match ITALY-GONDOLAS/ REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (ITALY - Tags: SOCIETY) less 
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Reuters | Photo By STEFANO RELLANDINI / REUTERS
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 10:59 AM EDT