Its not that often that I get to go on a summer holiday, but I stole a week off work in August to escape the heat in Venice and head for the mountains.
We went to a small town called Fiera di Primiero in the Alps and spend most of the time walking around in the area.
Tonadico is a neighbouring town, they’re practically fused now, with a beautiful church dedicated to San Vittore on a hill top. The oldest parts of the church dates to the 13th century.
The Canali is a small river joining the Cisnon close to Fiera di Primiero. We walked up that way a couple of time.
The Castel Pietra is a Medieval castle in the Val Canali, dating at least to the 13th century, now in ruins. It was devastated by fire in the 17th century and abandoned, and further ruined by a land slide in the 19th century. It is now an inaccessible ruin on a rocky hill top.
Mezzano is a neighbouring town a few kilometres away, which is a very nice walk along the river through the forests.
The rules for paddling in Venice city will be moderated from April 20th.
The new rules were decided by the city executive on April 3rd, published officially on April 9th and they’ll be executive ten days after publication.
The kayak/canoe/dragon/sup ban in the Grand Canal and other canals will be reduced to the hours 8am-3pm on weekdays and 8am-1pm on Saturdays. On Sundays and holidays there are no limits.
There’s a series of minor canals designated as “blue” canals, reserved for non motorised boats, running north to south through the city centre, and it will be allowed to cross the Grand Canal in proximity with these “blue” canals, giving precedence to all other traffic, even in the hours where normal navigation on the Grand Canal is banned. In this way it is possible to move about the city also before 3pm on weekdays.
All the rest of the city is available for paddlers at all times.
The new rules seem to indicate that it will be obligatory to carry at all times (also by day) a white light, visible at 360°, to be lit between sunset and sunrise.
The ban has not been lifted completely, but changed from a blanket ban on certain canals to a system of time limits, which is not really different from what gondolas, taxis and goods haulers also have to abide by, so I don’t think we can really complain. We’re not treated worse than other categories of traffic in the city.