The Certosa island was home to an armaments factory, the Pirotecnica della Certosa, for the first half of the 20th century. It was shut down definitively in 1958. I found this on the ground a few days ago.
Waiting for the Carnival procession on the Canal Grande at the traghetto San Samuele we enjoyed the view of two gondolieri practising the manoeuvres they need to do the operate the traghetto.
They needed to turn the boat repeatedly and fast, to navigate the current and waves the other traffic caused and to enter the cavana safely.
They used a normal gondola da nolo, not the standard barcheta da traghetto used by the traghetto.
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The Venetian carnival has just started, and one of the first events is the Festa dei Veneziani, which more or less implies that the rest of the carnival is not for or of the Venetians, which is also entirely true.
The first part of this feast is a procession of Venetian rowing boats through most of the Canal Grande, and we went to have a look. Of course, we should have gone there rowing, but it didn’t really work out at the practical level, so we went by foot to look and take some photos.
Here are some of the photos from the actual procession.
Antonio Vivaldi, the composer from the 18th century who wrote The Four Seasons, also wrote operas to be performed in Venetian theatres. They were rather modern for their time, and one of Vivaldi’s critics published a pamphlet against him, called “Il teatro alla moda“, which has an interesting incision on the cover.
It shows a small Venetian boat with a man rowing alla valesana. The rower is not a poor man, but dressed according to the fashion of the time.
What I find particularly interesting here, is that it shows that for a respectable and prosperous man, rowing around the city of Venice was as natural as riding a horse anywhere else.
Post a video on Facebook with some music in it, and they’ll remove it due to “Intellectual Property” concerns.
I’ve found some classical music that’s free to use in videos, actively put in the Public Domain by the artists, and Facebook will complain anyway. There’s even a not so subtle threat in there:
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The video is also here if anybody cares.
which is fair enough, as she’s Venetian.
Video by René Seindal, music by Beethoven, Sonata no.8 performed by Daniel Veesey.
There’s another type of Venetian rowing using two oars. It is probably less well know than the one oar type used in the gondolas of Venice. Voga alla valesana involves using two oars simultaneously, crossed. It can be quite tricky.
Video by Martina Sola.
We went rowing inside the area of the ancient navy docks of the Venetian Republic and took some videos. Here’s one of me rowing Venetian style, voga alla veneta, in our small sandolo.
Video by Martina Sola.
Last year we bought a small Venetian rowing boat, a s-ciopon, which is one of the smallest traditional Venetian boats.
Usually I just fool around in the lagoon near the Certosa island, but yesterday I took it to Venice.
I rowed over to the bus terminal at Piazzale Roma to pick up Martina at 19.30 as she was coming back from work, and the with her back home.
It was a beautiful tour through the dark deserted canals, and the photos below don’t do it justice, but its what I’ve got.
The first photos are taken by myself, rowing with one hand and taking photos with the other. The photos taken after dark are taken by Martina when I’m rowing.