Moto ondoso

One of the main environmental problems in Venice is the moto ondoso – wave movement.

It is mostly caused by taxis and tourist boats, to a lesser extent by vaporetti (water buses) and private boats.

The constant churning of the water causes erosion of walls, side walks and quays, slowly but surely demolishing the city. You just have to row around the city at low tide to see the damage.

This is how the city appeared on October 3rd, 2015. See if you can spot the gondola.





Who’d want a gondola in Venice anyway, if you can race down the Grand Canal causing waves of 2-3ft.

Fiera di Primiero

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.

Val Canali

The Canali is a small river joining the Cisnon close to Fiera di Primiero. We walked up that way a couple of time.

Castel Pietra

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.

Regata Storica

This year’s Regata Storica was held on September 6th, and we went down to look in our gondola, which we moored just opposite the Erberia close to Rialto.

Tour of the lagoon

We went for a tour around the lagoon of Venice on Sunday, up north past Burano and Torcello to the abandoned islands of Sant’Ariano, La Cura and further up to some of the fish farms in the lagoon.

Kayak ban in Venice – new rules in force from tomorrow

The recent kayaking ban on the Grand Canal and other canals has been partially overturned.

The new rules are explained here. They will be in effect from tomorrow morning, April 23rd. The formal publication of the new rules are on the city’s web site:

Disciplina generale della navigazione nei rii e canali a traffico esclusivamente urbano della Z.T.L. lagunare, Testo Unico delle disposizioni in materia di traffico acqueo, sostituisce con modifiche la regolamentazione precedente costituita dalle ordinanze n° 310/2006, 402/2013, 91-92-93-94-95-96/2015 e altre disposizioni specifiche.

Simone Costantini

Altare SimoneIn Venice there’s a lot of boat traffic, and of course accidents happen. Especially after dark.

Ten years ago, on April 15th 2005, Simone Costantini, a young gondoliere from the Lido, was on his way back from work in his motorboat, when hit a briccola in the lagoon near San Giorgio Maggiore.

He was alone, nobody knows exact what happened, but he probably ended in the water, lost conscience and drowned. He was 27.

This was all before I came to Venice, and I never knew him. However, there’s a small shrine on the briccola, very often with fresh flowers, that I pass on almost all the tours we do.

There have been several other fatal accidents in the lagoon in the years I’ve been here. Probably a few each year.


Kayaking ban in Venice – new rules

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.

Venezia interdizioni kayak - percorsi blu

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.

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