The heart and soul of Venice is the classic gondola ride. Yes, there was singing. Our gondolier belted out not only O Sole Mio and Volare, but also Buon Compleanno (that’s Happy Birthday in Italiano!) It was high tide, so the gondolier had to tip us to the side to make it under the bridges without hitting the high tip on the bow and stern. Photos here are of the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge, but we also went down little side waterway “streets” and waved to people eating dinner, cooking in the kitchen, watching from the bridges.