Dear Mr. Italy,

On our trip to Venice last summer, my 10-year old son was amazed at the number of pigeons in Piazza San Marco and thoroughly enjoyed feeding them. And after our gondola ride through the canals he questioned why all the gondolas are painted black?

 
 

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