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Locals usually stand when riding a traghetto, but there's no shame in
sitting if you aren't used to bobbing boats. In fact, an oarsman may
gesture for you to sit down if he's worried about your stability or his
And yes, a traghetto ride can be bouncy. The Grand Canal is a busy
place, with water buses, barges, police boats, ambulances, gondolas, water
taxis, and plenty of other traffic, especially in the daylight hours when
traghetti offer service across the canal. If a fireboat roars past while
you're teetering on high heels in the middle of a flat-bottomed gondola, you're
likely to feel the wake.
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