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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 liability insurance.

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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