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Video: Sailing along the Grand Canal of Venice

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 18, 2012


 
I shot this video with my iPod while traveling by vaporetto (water bus) down the Grand Canal. The video starts near the Ferrovia (literally, “iron road” = railway!) station and ends just after the Rialto Bridge. It gives you an idea what it’s like to ride on one of these boats. There is some slight distortion because I applied stabilization to the finished video. Otherwise viewers with sensitive stomachs would get sea-sick, believe me. It’s not easy taking videos from a moving boat.

This is what a vaporetto actually looks like:

Vaporetto, Venice

I took this photo (camera on my knee) in the vaporetto to Lido. It was a very mellow moment — no one speaking on a mobile phone, just Italians on their way home from work, chatting, reading the newspaper, or staring out the window, in the golden light of the late afternoon sun.

Vaporetto, Venice

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The Grand Canal of Venice

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 17, 2012

Canal Grande, Venice

The Canal Grande or Grand Canal of Venice is the city’s main water-traffic corridor. It winds in an S-shape from the Santa Lucia train station to St. Mark’s Square. Most of its buildings date between the 13th and 18th century, when it became a mark of social status to have a palazzo (palace) on the main canal of Venice. There are almost no sidewalks along the Grand Canal. The only way to access these buildings is by boat — gondola, vaporetto (water bus), or water taxi.

Canal Grande, Venice

Many of the lovely old buildings have been converted into expensive hotels.

Canal Grande, Venice

Canal Grande, Venice

Canal Grande, Venice

Everything has to be brought into Venice by barge. And, yes, garbage and sewage go out the same way….

Canal Grande, Venice

The Fondaco dei Turchi (below) was built in the 13th century and heavily restored in the 19th century. From the early 1600s to 1838, it was a one-building ghetto for Venice’s Turkish traders (hence, the name). A fondaco is a building that combines a warehouse and residence. The portico on ground level facilitated unloading of boats into the storage rooms on the same level. The residential areas are behind the loggia on the first floor.

Canal Grande, Venice

Between the 13th and 19th centuries, the only way across the Grand Canal was over the Rialto Bridge. After a number of accidents and collapses, the Venetian Republic realised the wisdom of building the bridge with stone instead of wood and this structure was completed in 1591.

Canal Grande, Venice

A depiction of one of the old wooden bridges is preserved in the painting, Miracle of the Cross at the Ponte di Rialto, from 1496:

The church of Santa Maria della Salute was built in 1631 as a votive offering for being delivered from the Plague (salute = health).

Canal Grande, Venice

Canal Grande, Venice

Canal Grande, Venice

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