National Geographic : 1961 Nov
KODACHROMEBY JERRY COOKE, PHOTORESEARCHERS turned officials, leads elaborately carved gondo las that once belonged to the republic's merchant princes. After the procession, the gondoliers race. NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Five centuries ago some 10,000 gondolas plied the canals; today they number fewer than 500. Domes cap Church of Santa Maria della Salute.