I said our hotel room overlooked a canal. Here's proof, complete with gondola, shot from our hotel window.

Same canal - across from the front of the hotel

Same location. Gondolas being unloaded. Not all the gondoliers wore the striped shirt and the traditional hat, but many of them did.

You would just be walking along and all of a sudden another canal appears with another gondola. And I just had to take another picture.