René rowing the gondola

René Seindal

I’m Danish, from Copenhagen, but I’ve been living in Venice for over a decade, with my Venetian wife Martina and our two dogs.

My alma mater is the University of Copenhagen, from where I have an M.A. in History and Italian and a B.Sc. in computer science.  I’m also an authorised Tour Leader (accompagnatore turistico) here in Italy in Danish, English and Italian, and a reasonably able photographer.

Venice is a truly magical place, and I never get tired of it. I’ve been here for over a decade, and every day is like the first.

I have a couple of small activities here in Venice:

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  • Across the river, into the trees

    Across the river, into the trees

    I spent a good deal of January and February 2021 on a movie set, but it wasn’t a very positive experience

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  • Death


    Death is always with us, even if we choose not to notice.

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  • High tide in Venice

    High tide in Venice

    On a late Tuesday evening Fabio shouldn’t even be in his trattoria, which is only ever open for lunch. Yet here he was, sitting with his face in his hands behind the counter, while the water was pouring copiously inside. The barrier he had put in the front door was of little help keeping the […]

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  • Cruise ship accident in Venice

    Cruise ship accident in Venice

    This morning a huge cruise ship, the MSC Opera, lost control in the middle of Venice city, hit the quay and a moored ship.

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  • Liberation Day in Venice

    Liberation Day in Venice

    I’ve had the great honour of being invited to the official celebration of Liberation Day in Venice by ANPI, the national association of Italian resistance fighters, to photograph their participation in the event.

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  • Penny


    Last Tuesday I placed the most difficult signature of my life on the most unwanted piece of paper ever. I signed away the life of our Penny. Penny came to us thirteen months ago. She was in a horrible condition. Months of neglect has reduced her to shadow of herself. Down to half her former […]

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  • Brexit from a distance

    Brexit from a distance

    Brexit doesn’t influence me directly, but being Danish living in Italy means my existence relies on freedom of movement. Brexit attacks that freedom.

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  • Bicycles in Berlin

    Bicycles in Berlin

    I’ve been bicycling all my life, and its one of the very few things I miss here in Venice. Berlin, on the other hand, is full of bicycles.

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  • Lio Piccolo 

    Lio Piccolo 

    While I’ve kayaked a lot around much of the lagoon, I’ve never been to some of the northernmost parts. My friend Selina took me up there by car, looking for flamingos.

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  • Drowning in silence

    Drowning in silence

    A man was drowning besides me in the hospital pool, and I didn’t know what to do to save him.

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  • Annegare in silenzio

    Annegare in silenzio

    Io ho visto un uomo annegare a due metri da me in piscina, e non ho saputo salvargli.

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5 responses to “René Seindal”

  1. Oliver avatar

    Hi Rene,

    Oliver from Lonely Planet Traveller here – hope you’re good!

    A much belated big thanks for helping us out in June – you’ve seen the video I take it? I need an address to send a hard copy of the magazine to, could you send me one?

    All the best and thanks again


  2. yulin avatar

    Are you the author of m4? Great Job!

    1. René Seindal avatar

      Thanks. I haven’t working on it for ages, though, so much credit must go to the other contributors.

  3. Elijah avatar

    Ciao Rene,

    I am a foreigner living in Venice from Boston for a masters degree and kayak frequently back home. Thank you for your posts on the kayak rules in Venice, they have tempered my enthusiasm, but I had a question that maybe you can help answer. I was curious if you know the legality on using an inflatable kayak in the outer lagoon or if all inflatables are banned everywhere in the lagoon? Thanks for all of your help!

    1. René Seindal avatar

      There are three different jurisdictions with different rules.

      1. Municipal rules with the city limits, basically whenever you enter a canal with houses on the sides.
      2. Harbour authority (capitaneria di porto) rules in the main shipping lanes in the lagoon, from the bocche di porto until the quays.
      3. Metropolitan/provincial rules for the rest of the lagoon.

      Just a short paddle can easily take you through all three jurisdictions.

      The complex rules are for the municipal, urban area, not the rest of the lagoon.

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