In this picture, Venice on the right and Nokomis is on the left. If I remember correctly, what is now Nokomis was once the old Venice--but don't quote me on that and, quite frankly, I am feeling way too lazy right now to look it up.
I just thought that this aerial view spoke to why the name Venice was chosen for the area. I have not seen a gondola around anywhere, but if you had a boat, you could definitely spend some time on the water without even venturing out into the Gulf of Mexico.
Sometimes it seems too bad that gondolas are not the preferred method of transportation. There are three draw bridges in Venice, Florida, to accommodate the tall masts of sail boats or the sheer size of some of the yachts you might sea cruising the Intracoastal Seaway. Best not to be in a big hurry to get to the beaches on a good boating day.
Someday maybe I will get to ride in a gondola in Venice, Italy. But I wonder if the color of the water will be quite as lovely.