All About Venice
A different website about the floating city
No, this is not the ordinary tourist website. It’s not a guide to restaurants, hotels, and attractions around Venice, Italy. And that is simply because I’m not a Tuor Guide. I am just an ordinary citizen. I walk the Calli every day to work, I eat my Tramezzino at the local bar, I ride the bus and the Vaporetto and I read bedtime stories to my kids. And I try to keep my house dry just like any other Venetian…
Now I am going to tell you all I know about this amazing city…
Redentore – The Redeemer
The Feast of the Redentore is a traditional main event in Venice. Fireworks, Mass, eating and drinking. This year it takes place the 20th and the 21st of July, the third Sunday of the month. A happy celebration. The origin of it isn’t all that happy though.
From July 1, 1575, until February 28, 1577, one third of the Venice’ 180.000 inhabitants died from the bubonic plague. After summer 1576, when the disease appeared unstoppable, the Senate decided to pray for the divine help. They decided to build a church in the honor of the Redeemer – Il Redentore. That helped and the Senate kept its promise. The Doge, Alvise Mocenigo, promised solemnly that every year throughout his life and every year during all the Doges who’d follow, a Mass would be held on the third Sunday of July, to celebrate the salvation of the city. And La Festa del Redentor was born.
The new Tourist/Access Tax
update July 2019
The city council has decided to postpone the introduction until next year. That means, no access fee from 1st of September. The latest info is that it’s going to be operational from January the 1st 2020.
Once again there has been a Cruise Ship incident. A ship went out of control in the Giudecca Canal right outside Saint Mark’s Square. This time it was the Costa …
Redentore – The Redeemer The Feast of the Redentore is a traditional main event in Venice. Fireworks, Mass, eating and drinking. This year it takes place the 20th and the …
The Baggage Carousel So, I came back home again. This time I traveled from Copenhagen in Denmark and just like many times before I lost my luggage. You know the …
The first Venice Boat Show It began in 2002 with a modest opening. Local boat clubs and local contractors joined forces to give Venice a Boat Fair just like many …
Cruise ship accident Today, Sunday, June the 2nd 2019 there was an accident with a cruise ship in the Giudecca canal in Venice. Around 8.30 a.m. the Opera, a 13-stories …
All About Venice – Closing in
Imagine… No traffic, no people, in fact, there are no sounds whatsoever, other than the just recognizable “swoosh” when the single big oar tweaks in the water moving back and forth in the dark. The air is humid… wet. In fact, it’s so wet you can feel drops of moisture rolling down your chin And it’s cold. Not cold as in winter and snow. But cold from the wetness, the water. It makes you shiver.
In the distance you see the shadows of high, square buildings, and tall clock towers, so thin and leaning that they seem to be floating in the air, hanging from the grey sky. Very slowly you start to distinguish other sounds – footsteps on the marble, voices speaking in a strange dialect. And then you see the lights. Weak, white flows from small lampposts creating more shadow and darkness than actual illumination.
All About Venice – Arriving
You pass the ships at Santa Marta and when you reach Zattere the voices become different, younger and louder, filled with laughter and good times, love and excitement, wine and music. The boat, or Gondola as we should call it to not insult the maestro gondoliere, reduces the speed and turns towards the shore. With some immensely complicated twists and roles of the oar, the gondolier slows down, misses a half rotten pole by an inch, turns the gondola 90 degrees and stops softly one millimeter from the wall, so perfectly you could hold a stamp between the stones and the gunwale. You have arrived. From here you walk…
Cruise ship accidents
On Sunday, June the 2nd 2019 there was an accident with a cruise ship in the Giudecca canal in Venice. Around 8.30 a.m. the Opera, a 13-stories high and 275-meter long ship of MSC cruises lost control and crashed on a bank involving a passenger boat. Read more
Once again there has been a Cruise Ship incident. A ship went out of control in the Giudecca Canal right outside Saint Mark’s Square. This time it was the Costa Deliziosa run by the cruise company Costa Crociere and it happened yesterday the 7th of July 2019. Terror struck once again as the 294 meters long and 32 meters beam vessel wasn’t able to make the turn as it was supposed to. The right turn between Riva degli Schiavoni and the island of San Giorgio Maggiore is extremely narrow. It’s a little more than 300 meters wide and the bend is almost 90°. Read more
There are practically two different solutions possible to resolve the problem. One is to moor the ships at Porto Marghera. That would mean a lot of dredging close to the city. It is an extremely vulnerable habitat already at its limits when it comes to the status of the water. It will mean open up another access for water to the inner lagoon, something that would mean more problems with high tides… And maybe, just maybe the cruise ships passengers won’t appreciate the Porto Marghera view from their balcony.
The other option is a cruise ship terminal on the outside of the lagoon. That way you avoid too much water flow as well as big ships inside the shallow waters. And the Villages on Lido di Venezia certainly are nicer surroundings than an industrial harbor. The drawback is that the cost is higher. Read more