For Venice lovers: a video clip of each
I’ve been to Venice twice, but neither time have I ridden a gondola or disembarked from a cruise (or embarked on one, for that matter). On my first trip to Venice, I flew to Marco Polo Airport and then hopped onto an Ali Laguna vaporetto to hop off at San Samuele.
On my second trip, I took a bus from Marco Polo to the bustling Piazzale Roma where I met my daughter who was there serving an internship at the 2019 Venice Biennale.
So although I still have not ridden a gondola, they continue to fascinate me…
…as they snake through the labyrinthine canals, glossy and black.
It’s possible, as one walks alongside a canal, to glance up from your thoughts and be surprised by one gliding by, silent and serene, mere footsteps away.
It is also possible to be flabbergasted by the gargantuan size of a cruise ship as it lumbers through the lagoon.
These behemoths seem strangely alien in such a delicate cityscape.
Similar to New York City’s new Super Tall skyscrapers, they appear gawky, out of place, and — with last summer’s near cruise ship collision, — dangerous and unnecessary. This two-minute video shows the mammoth size of one of these cruise ships as it creeps along the Zattere waterfront promenade in the Dorsoduro sestiere.
5 replies on “Making waves in Venice: A gondola and a cruise ship”
Interesting videos, I’d love to visit Venice, but heard they aren’t very welcoming to tourists. Honestly, considering the giant cruise ship invasion, I can see why.
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Thank you! Yes, Venice is learning how to deal with mass tourism. Their proposed tourism tax is one part of the puzzle. I read a recent article about how Rome is restricting sales of souvenirs and trinkets in certain areas, esp. at religious sites. I can see Venice needing to do that as there are many selfie stick vendors and knock-off designer handbag sellers roaming here and there, quite possibly without licenses.
Hey Marilyn, I mentioned your blog in my latest post.
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Thank you so much! So appreciate your support! And by the way, I do still plan on doing a post soon on the library in Bologna, Italy.
Looking forward to it.